Leftist Favorite Elizabeth Warren Is A Neocon War Hawk On Iran (InformationLiberation)
Friday April 27th, 2012
I can't say I'm suprised. Leftist favorite Elizabeth "Everything You Have You Owe to the State" Warren is a neocon war hawk when it comes to Iran. Despite all evidence to the contrary, she parrots the neocon propaganda line that Iran is actively pursuing nuclear weapons and only a US interventionist mass murder campaign can save us from imminent destruction.
Via the Huffington Post:
...Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic Senate hopeful in Massachusetts, came under fire for a hawkish statement on Iran that contradicts intelligence assertions by senior U.S. defense officials. Yes, I'm sure she'll "look into it," you'd think she'd have "looked into it" before advocating for mass murder.[NOAD]
Warren's campaign website features a policy statement declaring that "Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons" and "Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons is unacceptable because a nuclear Iran would be a threat to the United States, our allies, the region, and the world."
The statement continues, "The United States must take the necessary steps to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. I support strong sanctions against Iran and believe that the United States must also continue to take a leadership role in pushing other countries to implement strong sanctions as well. Iran must not have an escape hatch."
Warren's claim that "Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons" is especially notable because it contradicts public statements by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta as well as reported intelligence findings of the U.S. and Israeli governments.
At a February hearing, Panetta told lawmakers, "The intelligence does not show that [Iran officials] have made the decision to proceed with developing a nuclear weapon."
Reuters reported in March, "The United States, European allies and even Israel generally agree on three things about Iran's nuclear program: Tehran does not have a bomb, has not decided to build one, and is probably years away from having a deliverable nuclear warhead."
An activist-blogger who goes by the pseudonym Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy said he questioned Warren about the statement at a public appearance in Somerville, Mass., on Sunday. The blogger wrote:
I asked why her stand is that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons ... Warren said she thinks the data says they are working on nuclear weapons.Salon's Glenn Greenwald tweeted about the blogger's interview, calling it "constructive."
I repeated that, no, even the administration says there's no evidence of that.
She said she'd look into it, saying it's important that political statements not ... add fuel to the fire.
When reached by The Huffington Post on Tuesday, a representative of the Warren campaign did not immediately provide a comment.