Among the man tawdry episodes involved in the selling of the Iraq War, the tawdriest was the one that came at the very end. After all the months of debate, lies, hype, more debate, handwringing, warmongering, exaggerations, etc. we came to the moment when IAEA inspectors were back on the ground in Iraq looking into Saddam’s nuclear program. They said there was no nuclear program. They were roundly ignored — the statement simply got no purchase in mainstream media or political circles. The war was on. Months later, everyone was scratching their heads wondering where the WMD were. Years later, people are still debating how the facts were gotten so wrong. The fact remains, though, that before the war, the IAEA was in the country saying the Bush administration was full of shit. I bring this all up as prelude to Dafna Linzer’s Washington Post article on the IAEA and Iran:
U.N. inspectors investigating Iran’s nuclear program angrily complained to the Bush administration and to a Republican congressman yesterday about a recent House committee report on Iran’s capabilities, calling parts of the document “outrageous and dishonest” and offering evidence to refute its central claims.
Think about that for a while. And also think about the quality — intellectual and moral — of the men and women who would look at the past several years of American and world history and decide that an outrageous and dishonest report on Iranian nuclear capacities was exactly the sort of thing the US congress should spend its time working on. Simply put, there’s a miasma of insanity, dishonesty, and hubris floating around the circles they operate in that makes them grossly unfit to govern.