Why Bush Is Going Nuclear

Just before Christmas, a few days after President Bill Clinton had been impeached by the House of Representatives, Clinton received intelligence from Iraqi exiles that Saddam Hussein and his entourage would be spending a specific night in an underground bunker beneath one of his palaces.

Facing possible removal from office for “high crimes and misdemeanors,” Clinton decided to remove Saddam from his office, thereby diverting attention from himself, as well as achieving the regime change in Iraq long sought by both neo-crazies and loony lefties.

After determining the global positioning satellite (GPS) coordinates of that and other palaces, Clinton launched a GPS-guided cruise missile attack.

Clinton publicly claimed he had launched his attack because he had intelligence that Saddam had hidden stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction beneath his palaces, where UN inspectors were denied access.

At first, Clinton thought he had killed Saddam.

But he hadn’t.

Saddam wasn’t killed by our cruise missiles because the non-nuke warheads they carried weren’t powerful enough, nor capable of penetrating deep enough, to destroy underground bunkers.

For the neo-crazies and the loony lefties, any excuse to depose Saddam Hussein was as good as any other. But opinion polls had told them that Saddam’s possession of nukes and the intent to use them against Americans was the only rationale the electorate would buy for invading and occupying Iraq.

So President Bush – citing intelligence he had obtained from Iraqi exiles – got the highly skeptical UN Security Council to pass Resolution 1441 [.pdf], requiring Saddam to disarm or face “serious consequences.”

Bush then provided UN inspectors – who were granted unfettered access by Saddam – considerable selective intelligence about dozens of suspected WMD sites in Iraq.

But when the inspectors checked out those sites, they found nothing.

Mohamed ElBaradei – director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency – reported to the Security Council that “after three months of intrusive inspections, we have to date found no evidence or plausible indication of the revival of a nuclear weapons program in Iraq.”

Worse, ElBaradei publicly debunked the aluminum-tubes-for-enrichment report and revealed the Niger yellowcake documents to be clumsy forgeries.

Nevertheless, just days after receiving what turned out to be highly accurate reports from ElBaradei, Bush launched his war of aggression against Iraq.

And having got intelligence that Saddam was spending the night in a German-designed underground bunker near Baghdad, Bush decided to try to kill him immediately, 20 hours before Operation Iraqi Freedom was officially scheduled to begin.

Bush first hit the target with powerful GPS-homing bunker-busting bombs specifically designed to penetrate deep into the earth before exploding. After the bunker was busted, then came the GPS-homing cruise missiles.

Like Clinton, Bush thought he had killed Saddam, for sure.

But he hadn’t.

When an advance team of American liberators went to that GPS site to look for bodies, they found no bodies. In fact, they reported that there was no evidence that a bunker had ever been there. All they found were bunker-buster holes in the ground.

Well, here it is, three years later, and Bush is claiming that Iran has a well-hidden nuclear weapons program, much of it in deep-earth bunkers.

However, IAEA inspectors have enjoyed virtually free access to Iran and have – even at sites suggested by Bush’s intelligence – found no indication of a nuclear weapons program.

Two months ago, Bush got the highly skeptical IAEA Board of Governors to pass a resolution [.pdf] requiring Tehran to indefinitely suspend all uranium enrichment activities while the Board satisfied itself that Iran’s programs were strictly for peaceful purposes.

Last month, Bush tried to get that Board resolution referred to the Security Council for possible action under Chapter VII of the UN Charter. Bush had to settle for the Board simply reporting the entire Iranian dossier to the Council.

And all he got from the Council this month was a “Presidential Statement,” effectively remanding the Iranian "nuclear issue” to the IAEA Board for resolution.

Nevertheless, Bush is falsely claiming that the Security Council imposed a deadline on Iran to suspend all nuclear-related activities, including the completion by the Russians of the nuclear power plant at Bushehr, or face “serious consequences.”

Now comes Seymour Hersh’s stunning exposé in the New Yorker magazine about Bush plans – which Hersh claims are already in the early stages of implementation – to preemptively take out Iran’s alleged nuke program.

Of course, almost all horror-stricken observers – especially the defiant Iranians – realize that Bush’s real intention is to effect regime change in Iran.

But using bunker-busting nukes this time.

If necessary.

Author: Gordon Prather

Physicist James Gordon Prather has served as a policy implementing official for national security-related technical matters in the Federal Energy Agency, the Energy Research and Development Administration, the Department of Energy, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Department of the Army. Dr. Prather also served as legislative assistant for national security affairs to U.S. Sen. Henry Bellmon, R-Okla. -- ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee and member of the Senate Energy Committee and Appropriations Committee. Dr. Prather had earlier worked as a nuclear weapons physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and Sandia National Laboratory in New Mexico.