I Blame Bush

But in a good way.

Remember that Stuxnet virus? Well, the New York Times has a long story on how it was a joint U.S./Israeli venture to undermine Iran’s nuclear weapons capabilities. The key point is about a third of the way into the piece:

The project’s political origins can be found in the last months of the Bush administration. In January 2009, The New York Times reported that Mr. Bush authorized a covert program to undermine the electrical and computer systems around Natanz, Iran’s major enrichment center.

Neat, huh? The piece notes that President Obama was briefed on it before taking office and accelerated the project.

We’ve heard endlessly from those on the Left about how Bush liked to kill Muslim children, loved war, enjoyed sending our men and women to die in fruitless wars. Then there was more hyper-partisan sniping about how Bush was going to attack Iran even though the U.S. intelligence community had publicly put to rest the notion of Iran being able to develop nuclear weapons in the next few years, at least that is what the Left would have us think (the reality is that there were those in the Bush administration intelligence apparatus who did what they could to deliberately undermine President Bush); this was thoroughly debunked over the last couple of years. Not one of the people who endlessly opined about how dumb Bush was would have fathomed he could do something like use a computer virus instead of military weaponry to mess up Iran, even though there is plenty of evidence showing that Bush is definitely a smart cookie.

James Lewis at the American Thinker wonders how the Times could actually go on and admit the Stuxnet program started under the former President:

It’s a confession from the New York Times, which is not prone to confessions. In fact, it was the New York Times that denied the Iranian nuclear threat for years and years during Bush’s tenure. It is the New York Times that published and promoted the plainly false National Intelligence Estimate of 2006, dumped by the intelligence bureaucracy to undermine George W. Bush.

There’s some other good stuff at Lewis’ piece, too. And do check out Jeff Dunetz at YID With LID, who has some fascinating details on this. Of course, do read the piece in the Times; they actually do what is called reporting in it.

President Obama ran for office as the anti-Bush. And yet, we just found another one of Bush’s policies that our current President is using. Mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm.