The Deaf Claque

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UPDATED:”…Like Déjà Vu All Over Again” (Video)

By Theo O’Brien

Today, in a joint press conference, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson announced new sanctions against Iran. The sanctions specifically target two Iranian military groups and essentially prevent any United States citizen or private organization from participating in any financial transactions with numerous Iranian banks and citizens accused of supporting terrorism.

Rice accused Iran of ‘pursuing nuclear technologies that can lead to a nuclear weapon; building dangerous ballistic missiles; supporting Shia militants in Iraq and terrorists in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories; and denying the existence of a fellow member of the United Nations, threatening to wipe Israel off the map.’

‘Many of the Iranian regime’s most destabilizing policies are carried out by two of its agencies: the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or the IRGC, and the Quds force, an arm of the IRGC,’ she said.” (1)


These new sanctions are especially troubling when coupled with the harsh rhetoric the Bush administration has recently adopted toward Iran. Tensions between the United States have continued to mount after Vice President Cheney’s reference to Iran as “…a terror-supporting state” with the chief goal of securing a nuclear weapon. (2)

Am I the only one who feels as if I have seen these tactics before? The threat of nuclear weapons, linking a nation with terrorism and harsh sanctions seems oddly familiar. of course, this is all speculation and maybe the similarities are merely coincidental and I’m just reaching. And maybe I’m just having a bad episode of déjà vu.

UPDATE: Here is the video of the announcement: -Nathan Schmitt

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October 25, 2007 Posted by | Condoleeza Rice, Dick Cheney, Iran, Nuclear weapons, Theo O'Brien, Video, White House | , , , , | 1 Comment

Hyperbolic Rice: Here We Go Again…Again…

Just thought I’d share this:

We are very concerned that the policies of Iran constitute perhaps the single greatest challenge to American security interests in the Middle East and around the world.” (1)

We haven’t heard that one before either

Lets look at the other greatest challenges we’ve faced according to the Bush Administration:

Bush said preventing bin Laden from striking the United States again is ‘the greatest challenge of our day.‘” (2)

In all that we do, we will never lose sight of the greatest challenge of our time: preserving the freedom and security of this nation against determined enemies.” (3)

The greatest challenge facing people of conscience is to help the forces of moderation win the great struggle against extremism that is now playing out across the broader Middle East.” (4)

I would like to point out that although each of these separate quotes are similar, they were all said at different times when support for unique situations was needed. Also, I don’t intend to at all diminish the seriousness of these issues, however, I do intend to point out that such hyperbolic speech is not productive in the realm of rational discourse.

October 24, 2007 Posted by | Condoleeza Rice, General Discourse, George W. Bush | , | Leave a comment