Monday, December 05, 2005

More Fudge from Drudge

Two unremarkable articles sometimes fit together into something scary. A piece in Raw Story says that the Drudge Report has been honking about a Jerusalem Post article that Drudge claims quotes Mohamed El-Baradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency. It does – it quotes him incorrectly. The lurid piece, titled "El Baradei: Iran only months away from a bomb," takes a comment Baradei made to the British newspaper, The Independent, completely out of context.

"The jury's out," he said. "It's difficult to read their intention. We're still going through the programme to make sure it's all for peaceful purposes."I know they are trying to acquire the full fuel cycle. I know that acquiring the full fuel cycle means that a country is months away from nuclear weapons, and that applies to Iran and everybody else."

The Post article omitted the “jury’s out” part and substituted “will make a weapon” for “could make a weapon.” Scare tactics are not rare in the Jerusalem Post, but one has to wonder if Drudge is also on the Administration payroll.

The other half of the puzzle, which when combined creates a sum greater than its parts, appears in Global Security Newswire. The US now, it brags, can effect a global preemptive strike.

CONPLAN 8022 is “a new strike plan that includes [a] pre-emptive nuclear strike against weapons of mass destruction facilities anywhere in the world,” said Hans Kristensen, a consultant for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Oh goody! We’re paranoid about the nuclear intentions of the world and we have a President whose only ambition in life has been to be a “warpresident.” We have media that cooperates with the Warpresident to create danger where there is none and diminish it where it exists and we can preemptively strike anyone in the world that the madman in charge wants to.


Intellectual Insurgent said...

They want armageddon to happen.

Capt. Fogg said...

You just may be right - I think Bush sees himself as a biblical figure, but I can see Cheney and Rumsfeld in their underground bunker living it up after the world ends - just like in Doctor Strangelove.

Crankyboy said...

I lived long enough to see the Star Wars movies. I'm ready to go. Although I do want to see King Kong, X-Men 3 and Spider-Man 3.

Capt. Fogg said...

I have serious plans to miss those.