Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Iran war: Excuse for US bankruptcy

The aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis transits the Straits of Hormuz, November 12, 2011

Source: Press TV

The US is preparing for a military confrontation with Iran as it is financially, economically, politically and morally bankrupt, a political writer says.

"America is now bankrupt: financially, economically, politically -- and morally. Its criminal aggression towards Iran is just one of many parts of a jigsaw that add up to a clear and grotesque picture of what the United States of America now represents in the 21st Century world," Finian Cunningham wrote in an article published on Global Research.

Terminally in debt, mass poverty at record levels, rampant militarism, and draconian curbs on civil liberties are the signs that the US is bankrupt, according to Cunningham.

The analyst said that "all options on the table" statement by the White House for Iran comes despite the knowledge of US officials that Iran is not after nuclear arms.

"The US is pushing the world into possibly a World War III scenario on the basis of a totally spurious claim that even its own top brass do not believe," he wrote.

Cunningham said that American intelligence agencies in at least two US National Intelligence Estimates in 2007 and 2010 reported that Iran is not attempting to develop a nuclear weapon.

The analyst also referred to recent remarks by Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as he confirmed that war plans against Iran are going ahead.

"My responsibility is to encourage the right degree of planning, to understand the risks associated with any kind of military option, in some cases to position assets, to provide those options in a timely fashion. And all those activities are going on," Dempsey said.

The war threats come after four rounds of US-backed sanctions imposed by the UN and unilateral sanctions by certain US allies failed to stop Iran's peaceful nuclear program.

Anti-Iran measures provoked by the US and Israel are aimed to deny Iran's right of having peaceful nuclear technology.

As a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran has the legal right to develop nuclear capability for civilian purposes.

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