Re: Is Bush responsible for Iran's nuclear ambitions?
I will happily recant my original post if someone can prove that the Iranians were indeed constructing atomic facilities before the "axis of evil" speech. It is a third world country with no obvious regional enemies (Israel is more rhetorical and doesn't share a border, and Iraq was defanged by us) yet the Iranians are pumping tremendous resources into building a nuclear program. This seems highly out of scale to deal with potential adversaries in the region. Think about it. They did fight Hussein to a standstill during his heighday, and that was with a conventinal army. Who are they building this bomb to protect against? I think its us. Why? Because our leader named them as bad guys, and then invaded their neighbor. I have to admit, if the local bully told me he hated me and my buddy, and then kicked my buddy's a**, it would make me nervous. I would think he was coming for me next, and would want some sort of protection, like a thermonuclear missile.
Granted, we're bogged down as it is. But I doubt we're perceived that way overseas.
And if anyone (other than that bastard Muslim extremists, may they rot in hell) are responsible for the terrorist attacks of 9/11, its the guy in charge, Bush. Granted Clinton didn't do enough to deter Al Quaeda, but Bush was President, and could have bombed them all to kngdom come if he chose to, he has Executive powers that allow him to do so. To say that one party or the other is better at fighting terrorists is to ignore this one basic fact.