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She has claimed that the Iranian Revolution in marked the establishment of a dictatorship in that country, rather than the end of one; one that just so happened to be a monarchic dynasty that was proudly supported for decades by the United States government.
Just two months ago, she weirdly decided to mock Iranians for their national and religious holidays because, y'know, she's progressive like that.
Maddow was back at it this week, ending her nightly program on Monday with some juvenile comments about Friday's presidential vote, when Iranians will elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's successor.
Here's how she began: The current president of Iran has had the job for the last eight years. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, he's known around the world for defending Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons.
It took her all of seven whole seconds to spit out that egregious falsehood. First, Maddow's premise is wrong. Iran is not pursuing nuclear weapons.
Despite being the single most spied on country on the planet, U. Iran has never breached its obligations as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
The vast majority of allegations about Iranian weaponization research and testing has been provided by the United States and Israel, has never been authenticatedand refers to long-debunked claims about supposed actions that took place over a decade ago.
Iran does have, however, a highly-developed nuclear energy program and enriches uranium to levels far below weapons-grade under strict supervision and routine inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA. The agency has continued to verify - up to four times a year over the past ten years - that Iran has never diverted any nuclear material for military purposes and has also affirmed "it has all the means it needs to make sure that does not happen with Iran's enriched uranium, including cameras, physical inspections and seals on certain materials and components.
Former Iranian nuclear negotiator Seyed Hossein Mousavian, now a lecturer at Princeton University, has noted"Sincethe International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA has implemented the most robust inspections in its history with more than unannounced and over man-day inspections in Iran.
Never once, in the 34 years since the revolution, has a single government official stated Iran's intention to acquire nuclear weapons - to the contrary, such a goal has always been explicitly denied on strategic, legal, moral, humanitarian and religious grounds.
Ahmadinejad himself has never strayed from this stance. In Septembershortly after his first inauguration, the Iranian president stood before the United Nations General Assembly and reaffirmed the Islamic Republic's "previously and repeatedly declared position that, in accordance with our religious principles, pursuit of nuclear weapons is prohibited.
Ambassador to the United Nations, will be to confront "Iran's apparent attempts to develop a nuclear weapon. Some officials, however, choose their words more carefully than others.
During testimony before Congress on June 11, General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said"Iran is a threat to US national security in many ways, not simply their move toward the potential to develop a nuclear weapon," adding, "I choose my words carefully, because the intelligence community has not yet come to a conclusion that they intend to build a nuclear weapon.
Calling Bush's statement "uninformed," he explained"Iran has never said it wanted a nuclear weapon for any reason. It's just not true.
It's a little troubling that the president and the leading Republican candidate [John McCain] are both so wrong about Iran. Former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski made this point instating that Iran has been "publicly affirming for quite some time" three main points: We're not seeking nuclear weapons.
Our religion forbids us to have nuclear weapons.
The North Koreans have been saying the very opposite: We're seeking nuclear weapons. And, in your face, haha! Early this year, Greg Thielmann, a senior fellow at the Arms Control Association, similarly affirmed that the "leadership in Tehran continues to challenge the rationale and morality of nuclear weapons.
Although such policy statements are hardly determinative of actual intentions, they do stand in stark contrast to the declaratory policies of other governments of proliferation concern, such as North Korea or Pakistan. Even the minutiae of her snide derision were weird.
Referring to the current heated presidential race as "amazeballs" - because, y'know, she's a professional journalist - Maddow found it ridiculous that the three presidential debates, broadcast live on Iranian television, each exceeded four hours.
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