Bush insinuates that if Iran gets a Nuclear bomb Iran may start World War III

On Wednesday during a White House news conference President Bush stated, “We’ve got a leader in Iran who has announced that he wants to destroy Israel,”

Fact:

  • The statement above is somewhat questionably attributed to the President of Iran depending on the translation.
  • The real power in Iran is the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader, whose role combines civil and religious authority. Ahmadinejad is only the President; he is not the head of state or the commander in chief.
  • The President of Iran does not have the authority to start or launch any War!

Bush further stated, “”So I’ve told people that, if you’re interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon.”

Fact:

  • The U.S. is the only country to have used nuclear weapons in combat.
  • The U.S. arsenal of weapons of mass destruction is among the largest in the world; second only to Russia’s.
  • As of 1999, the U.S. was said to have 12,000 nuclear weapons of all types stockpiled.
  • In its Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) declaration for 2003, the U.S. listed 5968 deployed warheads as defined by START rules.
  • For 2004, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists listed the U.S. with about 7,000 operational and 3,000 reserve warheads.
  • In 2002, the United States and Russia agreed in the SORT treaty to reduce their deployed stockpiles to not more than 2,200 warheads each. In 2003, the US rejected Russian proposals to further reduce both nations’ nuclear stockpiles to 1,500 each.

As the United States of America is the only country to ever use nuclear weapons, this after Japan clearly indicated they wanted to surrender during WWII. President Truman still ordered dropping two bombs on Japan one each in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Recent reporting this year has said that the US already has contingency plans for air strikes on Iran which extend beyond its nuclear sites and include most of the country’s military infrastructure, another war now that is scary.

Please don’t misunderstand the US is my country and I want the best for its citizens. The various disagreements and wars in the Middle East have been and will continue to be a problematic for generations to come. But threats that come from my country rather than engaging in a productive dialogue is extremely disquieting. I am also very concerned with the current administration and its previous conduct on a wide range of issues. George W Bush says that he believes in God, well I think he is going to have a hard time explaining his actions during his life and will not fair well with this God that he invokes with regularity.

Still the question that comes to my mind is who I should be more afraid is it my own country?

 

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