Fear-mongering Bush warns of Iranian ‘nuclear holocaust.’

In his speech about Iraq to the American Legion today, President Bush warned that allowing Iran to pursue “technology that could lead to nuclear weapons threatens to put a region already known for instability and violence under the shadow of a nuclear holocaust.” Watch it:

[flv http://video.thinkprogress.org/2007/08/NuclearHolocaust.320.240.flv]

As Steve Benen points out, Bush’s hyperbolic rhetoric about a “nuclear holocaust” in the Middle East is reminiscent of his pre-war claims that “we couldn’t wait for actual proof to justify an invasion, because the ‘smoking gun could be a mushroom cloud.'”