The Bush Doctrine is a pretty clear set of guidelines. Its initial formulation was outlined by Bush on the evening of September 11th, as the nation mourned:
We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.
It was later expanded (as outlined in his speech to West Point graduates in June, 2002) to include the concept of preemption, seeking to mitigate the risk of another terrorist attack on US soil - especially when Weapons of Mass Destruction might be involved.
I've pointed out before that the Dems gut reaction to criticize the President regarding the war in Iraq and their apparent desire to undermine any chance of success there will have ramifications which they cannot foresee - primarily our inability to move against future enemies which may be more dangerous than the thugs in Baghdad were.
Well, it appears that the Bush Doctrine, while perhaps not dead, has one foot in the grave. Before you Moonbats cheer, read the two following stories.
First, we all know - at least, those of us in the reality based community - that Iran is aggressively pursuing the development of nuclear weapons (and may be closer than we think). from ABC News:
Plutonium Found in Iran Waste Facility
VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- International Atomic Energy experts have found unexplained plutonium and highly enriched uranium traces in a nuclear waste facility in Iran and have asked Tehran for an explanation, an IAEA report said Tuesday.
The report, prepared for next week's meeting of the 35-nation IAEA, also faulted Tehran for not cooperating with the agency's attempts to investigate suspicious aspects of Iran's nuclear program that have lead to fears it might be interested in developing nuclear arms.
And it said it could not confirm Iranian claims that its nuclear activities were exclusively nonmilitary unless Tehran increased its openness.
"The agency will remain unable to make further progress in its efforts to verify the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran," without additional cooperation by Tehran, said the report, by IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei.
Such cooperation is a "prerequisite for the agency to be able to confirm the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program," it added.
As expected, the four-page report made available to The Associated Press confirmed that Iran continues uranium enrichment experiments in defiance of the U.N. Security Council.
Both highly enriched uranium and plutonium can be used to make the fissile core of nuclear warheads, and Iran is under intense international pressure to freeze activities that can produce such substances.
But Tehran has shrugged off both Security Council demands that it stop developing its enrichment programs and urgings that it cease construction of a heavy water research reactor that produces plutonium waste. It insists it wants enrichment only to generate nuclear power and says it needs the Arak research reactor to produce isotopes for medical research and cancer treatment.
needs the isotopes for medical research... this is eerily familiar to Hitler's claim that aircraft production was only for civilian passenger lines, despite the potential conversion of the planes to military bombers.
Next, this story out of the UK's Daily Telegraph:
Teheran 'providing refuge for al-Qaeda terrorists'
By Philip Sherwell in Washington
About 25 al-Qaeda leaders, including three of Osama bin Laden's sons, are running terrorist operations from their refuge in Iran rather than languishing under house arrest as the Teheran regime claims, intelligence officials have said.
The disclosure comes as Maj-Gen James Dutton, the commander of British forces in south-eastern Iraq, reiterated on Friday that the technology for lethal new rebel bombs was crossing into the country from Iran.
A "top-ranking Western secret service agent" has told Cicero magazine that the senior al-Qaeda operatives, who fled across the border from Afghanistan into Iran after the fall of the Taliban regime in late 2001, have been provided with a secure hiding place, logistical support and equipment by the Revolutionary Guards.
Iran claimed that it put the al-Qaeda leaders under house arrest after they crossed the border, saying it would put them on trial. But there has been no legal action and Teheran has also ignored requests from Saudi Arabia and the West for access to the wanted men.
United States intelligence sources have told the Sunday Telegraph that the group was living in compounds in eastern Iran guarded by al-Qaeda bodyguards. There have also been persistent but unconfirmed reports that bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, might be in hiding near the Afghan-Iranian border rather than Afghanistan's frontier with Pakistan.
Sounds like "harboring" to me... It's also interesting to note that this Telegraph story states that Iran is grooming Al-Qaeda's next generation of leaders. And then there is this Time.com story which discusses links between Iran and the Al Qaeda terrorists involved in 9/11.
And finally, this article - again from the UK's Daily Telegraph:
Al'Qaeda 'has network of sleepers across North America'
Last Updated: 1:00am BST 15/09/2001
THE real fear for the future since the attacks in New York and Washington is that dozens, perhaps hundreds of operatives loyal to Al'Qaeda are in America and Canada ready to strike again, awaiting a call from Osama Bin Laden.
Well, I'm sure Bin Laden will probably wait until the Dems prohibit the NSA from eavesdropping on calls from Al Qaeda operatives to locations here in the US - because we wouldn't want to infringe on the civil rights of those who are receiving international calls from terrorist organizations.
So, let's connect the dots of these three stories - something which the US (both Dem and GOP administrations and the bureaucracies which actually run this country) failed to do.
- Iran on the verge of creating a nuke
- Iran harboring Al-Qaeda's current leadership (and also 1) is grooming the next generation of Al-Qaeda leaders; and 2) has links to the 9/11 terrorists)
- Al Qaeda likely has sleeper cells in the US waiting for instructions from Al Qaeda operatives abroad
nd my question to all Americans is this - Is the Bush Doctrine still alive and well?
Or are we destined to wait for the next terrorist attack on US soil - possibly nuclear - before we figure out that our enemies mean what they say.
ARC: St Wendeler