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No Joy in FOXville Now That the Mighty NIE Is Out.

Reported by Marie Therese - December 4, 2007 -

Yesterday (12-03-04) on Special Report, anchor Brit Hume, Bret Baier and the All-Star Panel (Fred Barnes, Mort Kondracke and Charles Krauthammer) tap-danced around the stunning news that the Bush administration has been sitting on an NIE report that they knew directly contradicted the trumped-up warmongering "bomb Iran" propaganda the administration has been trotting out on the airwaves and in the print mediap for the past several years. It was actually quite entertaining watching the FOX true believers spinning like tops trying to put a happy face on the dismal news that the President and Vice President of the United States of America engaged in a callous, deliberate campaign to attack Iran, knowing full well that the reasons they enunciated for military action were utterly false. With video.

My favorite moment in the video below comes at the opening of the All-Star Panel discussion when Brit Hume - a man who has agitated repeatedly for a hawkish policy on Iran - cheerily said that this news about Iran is really wonderful, because it means that Iran has no nuclear weapons program. Priceless!

Watch the faces of these men. I believe what you are seeing is the beginning of the end of the Bush regime. While many may not agree with me, what I think I see on those faces is anger and the realization that Bush and Cheney played them for suckers.

Imagine for a moment what it must feel like to know that you've agitated, argued, propagandized, bullied and called for an attack on a sovereign nation based on assurances that there was a clear and present danger only to find out that there was no provocation for such an attack and your "tin god" lied to you.

If I'm right, Bush and Cheney will be brought down, not by the Democrats and liberals, but by a bunch of really pissed off conservatives, out for their pound of flesh. And, as we know, hell hath no fury like a betrayed conservative.

On the other hand, maybe FOX News and others knew all along about this NIE report and are just ticked off that the truth has come out and they can't make oodles of money off a dandy little bloodbath in Iran.

Are right-wing media types simply true believers who were duped or were they complicit with the administration?

Here are some more questions for you.

Was all the "bomb Iran" talk just a bluff to try to force Iran into doing something provocative, thus allowing the U.S. to retaliate?

Was the attack on Syria's "alleged" nuclear facility carried out for a similar reason, i.e., to force a confrontation and a war with Iran and Syria before news of this NIE report hit?

If nuclear bombs were not the Bush-Cheney target in Iran, what was? My theory is that there were powerful forces determined to disrupt the shipment of natural gas from Iran to India through Pakistan in order to protect American and European natural gas conglomerates. They also wanted to destabilize those three countries in an effort to prevent further detente.

There's a lot to think about.

What's your take on the whole thing?

Please keep the comments civil and on topic. I will be monitoring this thread closely.