Being Set Free – Updated

Keith Olbermann interprets truth as an obstacle and plows through it.

And the mind reels at the thought of a Vice President fully briefed on the revised Intel as long as two weeks ago — briefed on the fact that Iran abandoned its pursuit of this imminent threat four years ago — who never bothered to mention it to his boss.

It is nearly forgotten today, but throughout much of Ronald Reagan’s presidency it was widely believed that he was little more than a front-man for some never-viewed, behind-the-scenes, string-puller.

Today, as evidenced by this latest remarkable, historic malfeasance, it is inescapable, that Dick Cheney is either this president’s evil ventriloquist, or he thinks he is.

Paranoia is a long way from And the Truth will set you free.

Update: I decided that I should justify my assertion that Olbermann prevaricates. With his stance, he shows that he believes Iran has no nuclear threat.

So Iran has not pursued nukes? The Captain knows better.

Russia has negotiated a payment schedule with Iran and will complete the Bushehr nuclear power plant, both nations announced today. The move comes in the wake of the NIE that reversed years of intelligence analysis and declared Iran’s nuclear weapons program halted.

The completion of the power plant just happens to be one of those things the Russians had stopped doing, until the NIE.

After the release of the NIE, this was probably inevitable. The Russians want to export their nuclear technology for much-needed hard cash. They have not supported the sanctions on Iran imposed by the UN Security Council except as lip service, and in any case have never felt themselves bound to honor economic sanctions at all, as their history with Iraq proved. The American conclusion that Iran has stopped work on nuclear weapons provided them with the perfect opening for putting Bushehr back on track.

And if you think this is not a problem (or, if you think that this is something the Israelis will handle, consider:

The Israelis made sure to hit Osirak before France delivered the fuel in order to avoid spreading nuclear contamination over a wide area, where it would affect civilians. If the Israelis believe that Bushehr represents the same kind of threat as Osirak, it will have to strike very soon or not at all. They have stated over and over again that they will not allow Iran to go nuclear; will they have the same determination as they did in 1981 to stop them?

Olbermann can rant and rave all he wants, of course. But the reality doesn’t change.

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