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A Little Thanksgiving War Mongering Courtesy Of Fox News

Reported by Guest Blogger - November 29, 2009 -

Guest blogged by Nayef

When the topic is Iran, Fox News loves to host chickenhawk John Bolton who supported the Vietnam War but did not serve because he had “no desire to die in a Southeast Asian rice paddy." On Thanksgiving day, (11/26/09), Bolton seized another opportunity to drum up fear about Iran, this time using misinformation and helped by Jamie Colby, on the “news” (not opinion) show, America’s Newsroom. With video.

Colby introduced the segment by pointing out the existence of a previously unknown “nuke” facility. Colby also stated that “the Iranian regime, though, is stalling on any plan to ensure it cannot use uranium, enrich it, and make weapons.” This is two years after the US National Intelligence Estimate concluded that Iran halted their weapons program back in 2003. Nonetheless, Bolton used the term “nuclear weapons” six times in the interview, the term “nuclear device” once, and even declared that Iran is “very, very close” to having a nuclear weapon. Either he never read the NIE report, chose to ignore its contents, or runs his own private spy agency. These ridiculously false statements allowed him to repeatedly bash the head of the IAEA, Mohammad ElBaradei.

Bolton stated: “He (ElBaradei) has provided more political cover for the Iranian nuclear program really than anyone else in the world. And the fact that today, four days before the end of his tenure, he finally wakes up to the fact that Iran has been stonewalling really falls into the category of too little too late.” Bolton offered no evidence (nor did Colby ask for any) that the IAEA chief gave political cover to Iran. In fact, it was under ElBaradei’s leadership that the IAEA voted in 2006 to report Iran to the UN Security Council.

The previously secret facility mentioned by both Colby and Bolton was the Fordo, which is still under construction. It needs more than a year to be completed. Since IAEA rules stipulate that disclosure must be made 6 months prior to insertion of nuclear fuel, Iran’s disclosure was earlier than necessary. Additionally, it will be open to IAEA inspections.

Colby said, “Iran is trying to build up their arsenal,” and then, seemingly as an afterthought, added, “it is believed.” Bolton, on the other hand, presented Iran’s development of a nuclear weapon as a certainty. “When Iran gets a nuclear weapons capability and it’s very, very close to it…” Colby neither challenged Bolton’s assertions nor presented any opposing perspective. Nor did she probe the likelihood of Bolton’s allegation that “there’s a very real risk that Iraq (he meant Iran) could give a nuclear device to a terrorist group that on a tramp steamer, they could bring it into a European port or an American port.”

As a gratuitous slap, Bolton and Colby expressed snide astonishment that ElBaradei won the Nobel Peace Prize. He also won the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award in 2006 for “his commitment to promoting the peaceful application of nuclear energy and to diplomatic solutions to prevent future nuclear conflicts."

The interview was neither fair nor balanced. The only guest was a well-known hawk who has a well-known disdain for the UN, including his statement, “There is no such thing as the United Nations. There is only the international community, which can only be led by the only remaining superpower, which is the United States.”