I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks it's deja vu all over again. And it gets even better. In today's Washington Post, Colin Powell throws what's left of his credibility out the window--just for oldtime's sake:
SANTIAGO, Chile, Nov. 17 -- The United States has intelligence that Iran is working to adapt missiles to deliver a nuclear weapon, further evidence that the Islamic republic is determined to acquire a nuclear bomb, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said Wednesday. Separately, an Iranian opposition exile group charged in Paris that Iran is enriching uranium at a secret military facility unknown to U.N. weapons inspectors. Iran has denied seeking to build nuclear weapons. "I have seen some information that would suggest that they have been actively working on delivery systems. . . . You don't have a weapon until you put it in something that can deliver a weapon," Powell told reporters traveling with him to Chile for an Asia-Pacific economic summit. "I'm not talking about uranium or fissile material or the warhead; I'm talking about what one does with a warhead."
Where have I heard this before? Oh yeah. The big problem here is that even if this is true, and it very well may be, we don't have the credibility to really do anything about it. We've all read about the boy who cried wolf, and unfortunately that boy is now in charge of our foreign policy. So, if Iran is indeed an imminent threat, the Administration's warnings might fall on deaf ears. Especially since Iraq is in flames and everybody now understands how much that threat was exagerrated. Of course, Iran was always a greater threat than Iraq, and so in some sort of perverse way, it is karmic justice that we can't effectively respond or deter Iran because of how badly we screwed ourselves in Iraq. The Bush Administration might realize this, and just be talking tough to countries like Iran and North Korea to keep them on their toes. Unfortunately, though, I don't believe that. This Administration has continuously demonstrated it has ADD when it comes to dealing with threats--they always take their eye off of the present problem to focus on the next one. It is hubris, plain and simple, and it will catch up to us sooner or later.