Saturday, April 11, 2009

Centrifuges and Lies

Here, from a jerk named Austin Hall at Town Hall, is a perfect example of the mixture of deliberate ignoring of facts, and outright lies, that makes up the Conservative approach to political discourse:

"Seven days after his inauguration, President Obama nearly gave Ahmadinejad precisely what he had “demanded,“ making a regionally televised address to “the Muslim world” in the Middle East wherein he assured Muslims that America is not their enemy, and that America wants peace with all.....

And now in April, what has become of U.S. / Iranian relations?

Seven thousand centrifuges, that’s what."

Seven thousand centrifuges. And, to gather from Mr. Hall, all of them acquired in the last two and a half months.

Anyone who has followed this story knows that Hall's claim is a complete lie.

From ABC News, May 3, 2005:

"Iran is seeking approval from France, Germany and the United Kingdom for the "assembly, installation and testing" of 3,000 uranium centrifuges at a key nuclear facility...."

From MSNBC, November 7, 2007:

"Iran says it has 3000 Centrifuges Working"

And, from BBC News, April 8, 2008:

Iran has begun installing 6,000 new centrifuges at its main nuclear plant in Natanz, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said."

So, this centrifuge building has been going on since at least 2005, i.e. throughout Bush's last term. His bogus tough guy act accomplished absolutely nothing to slow it down. And yet, it now suits these liars to try to make people believe that this is totally the result of Obama's few weeks in office.

Maybe it's the cowboy approach that didn't work, huh? And maybe it's time to let the new President try something different.

Not in the Republican universe, where Republicans can do no wrong and Democrats can do nothing right.
I don't think I want to live in that universe any more.

P.S. It took me less than 5 minutes on teh google to find the three sources quoted above.

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