"Right now, we think it would take over a year or so for Iran to actually develop a nuclear weapon, but obviously we don't want to cut it too close" - President Obama, March 12th 2013
After hearing the latest war-hawk, President Obama, come out and publicly declare Iran is one year away from having a nuclear weapon, I could not help but satisfy an itching curiosity. So I jumped on Google and typed in "Iran one year away from the bomb." Sure enough reports of Iran's nuclear bomb program, and how they are one year away from said weapon, goes as far back as 2003, perhaps even further.
That itching curiosity I had felt was that our government, completely out of control, is once again drumming up false pretenses to wage war against non-aggressors. Worse yet, freshly off the weapons-of-mass-destruction lie our country was blindly fed to get us into our last war against a non-aggressor (Iraq), our media is once again blindly following along.
Even well-respected politicians from all sides of Congress have co-signed on to this notion that Iran is one year away from a nuclear weapon, even though they have repeated this "fact" since 2004. Most alarming to me is the complicit behavior of Senator Elizabeth Warren on this topic.
Senator Warren, a supposed Progressive, has shown extreme diligence in reporting on facts in the past, at least when it comes to matters of high finance. Perhaps as a Senator she is in the "know", maybe Senator Warren truly believes there is a real threat from Iran, but is that the same kind of belief Colin Powell had when he lied before the U.N. council on Iraq's vast collection of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons (which was never substantiated)?
What is the normal citizen, usually peaceful, and not at all inclined to promote wars of choice, funded by our wages to do? Should we go to our politicians, who have replaced commonsense with the distorted reality of war-hawks in the U.S. and Israel over this matter, or do we just shut our mouths and blindly go along again for another war in our names?
Even if Iran got a nuclear warhead, what is it that you think they would do with it? How many nuclear warhead attacks have been launched since 1945? Anyone? Of course, there haven't been any, because mutual assured destruction would result from the use of a nuclear warhead in the 21st century. Not to mention the tremendous pressure and retribution the assaulting country would feel from the rest of the world if they dare use a nuclear warhead on innocent civilians.
If a nuclear attack was waged on any major country, who mostly has their own nuclear arsenal, that attacking country would be leveled within the hour.
Hopefully such realities are never experienced, but one unfortunate reality too often experienced, is that our country is constantly being lied to by our own government, in the name of profits, for unnecessary wars of choice.