"Look, Iran was dangerous," Bush said. "Iran is dangerous. And Iran will be dangerous if they have the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon."Was, is, will be. That covers the major tenses, and it's strongly lacking in the conditional mood. What's notable is that Iran's future state is expressed not in terms of capacity but in terms of knowledge. Eliminating Iran's knowledge of how to make a nuclear weapon constitutes eliminating Iran, by the way. All of it. For the knowledge is but a google away. Anyway, it's a rather ingenious pretextual setup, one we've seen retroactively applied to Iraq's notoriously nonexistent nukes. It is, however, of a kind with the centrality of a chop-shop Neitzschean Will to the present incarnation of the American imperial dream. This is one of the most palpably false, Poor-Richard truisms of our culture: Where there's a will, there's a way. That is clearly not true, as any PCP freak who's ever tried to stop a moving bus or fly out of a 10th-floor window would tell you, were he not squashed flat on something or other. The impediment to nuclear armament has little to do with either knowledge or will, but with intent and industrial capability. The Iranians apparently lack both.
from the Post
A few triumphant, relieved cries have already sounded. We cannot go to war with Iran, they say, because of this new "evidence." When has a war ever been started on an evidentiary standard? I have to say that I rather admire the President for stripping away the many pretensions, elisions, and euphemisms that once encumbered our empire. He has stated with admirable clarity the plain fact that our decision to attack or not to attack Iran will be exogenous to anything the Iranians themselves do or say. Their "weapons programs," like Iraq's previously, are entirely irrelevant, except insofar as they provide fodder for the domestic debate mill. The United States embarked upon a project to cement its political hegemony in the Middle East, and that has proven more difficult than America imagined. Thus does our naked eye turn to the next target of opportunity. Iran's crime is not, nor ever has been, building weapons or "sponsoring" terrorism. Its crime is asserting a right to self-determination and political independence, which the government of the United States percieves as a challenge to its global primacy. There you have it.