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Dec 7, 2007 The Examiner
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Ike warned of militarists
A new assessment by American intelligence agencies concludes that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 and that the program remains on hold, contradicting an assessment two years ago that Tehran was working inexorably toward building a bomb.
The conclusions of the new assessment are likely to be a major factor in the tense international negotiations aimed at getting Iran to halt its nuclear energy program. Concerns about Iran were raised sharply after President Bush had suggested in October that a nuclear-armed Iran could lead to “World War III,” and Vice President Dick Cheney promised “serious consequences” if the government in Tehran did not abandon its nuclear program.
Finally, it should be noted that those who benefit from war or the threat of war are many more than just the old military-industrial complex that former President Eisenhower warned about.
Indeed, remember that most of the uniformed military opposed the attack on Iraq. It was pro-war neocon civilians who took over Pentagon policymaking positions. It’s the same drumbeat to war that Ike warned about!
Ted Rudow III,MA