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EDITORIAL: Wishing away Iranian nukes--The mullahs are working on the bomb, like it or not
The Washington Times ^ | May 31, 2011 | Editorial

Posted on 05/31/2011 5:41:43 PM PDT by jazusamo

The Iranian nuclear threat is much ado about nothing, says reporter Seymour Hersh. Writing in the latest issue of the New Yorker, the professional left-wing cynic ignores numerous signs that the Islamic Republic is dead set on achieving nuclear-weapons capability and claims there is “a large body of evidence … suggesting that the United States could be in danger of repeating a mistake similar to the one made with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq eight years ago - allowing anxieties about the policies of a tyrannical regime to distort our estimations of the state’s military capacities and intentions.” For Mr. Hersh, it’s the “WMD issue” all over again.

The comparison is dubious. Saddam never had working nuclear reactors, something the Islamic regime in Tehran openly brags about. Iraq also never approached Iran’s current missile capabilities. Had Saddam possessed in 2003 what Iran has right now, the George W. Bush administration would never have been dogged by leftist critics like Mr. Hersh with never-ending charges of “intelligence failure.”

Mr. Hersh cites recent National Intelligence Estimates (NIEs) on Iranian Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities, which he says found “no conclusive evidence that Iran has made any effort to build the bomb since 2003.” He leaves out some of the fine print from the 2007 NIE, such as that the alleged halt was only for “at least several years,” and beyond that, the United States did “not know whether [Iran] currently intends to develop nuclear weapons” but was “keeping open the option.” Furthermore, the NIE narrowly defined “weapons development” only as warhead design, excluding Iran’s extensive uranium-enrichment program. Since 2007, this program has expanded outside the control and supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), despite Tehran’s pledges it would accept international controls.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 0bamasfault; axisofevil; iran; nuclearproliferation; nuclearweapons; nukes; obamasfault; proliferation; terrorism
Seymour Hersh and his ilk are not only idiots but dangerous.
1 posted on 05/31/2011 5:41:45 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Of course we have a plan to deal with Iranian nukes, if by “plan” you mean “stick our heads in the sand and hope Israel solves our problem for us.”


2 posted on 05/31/2011 5:51:19 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein. [Free Lazamataz!])
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To: jazusamo

Of course, Iranian built missile platforms in Venezuela is just for research, as well.


3 posted on 05/31/2011 6:00:26 PM PDT by Dogbert41
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To: Slings and Arrows
The Weekly Standard 06-09-2003
   The Mullah's Manhattan Project

Liberals are dangerous but fanatics will get you and your family killed.


4 posted on 05/31/2011 6:01:24 PM PDT by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: jazusamo
Who's Next?
5 posted on 05/31/2011 8:09:02 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: All

A Look at Iran
http://www.truthusa.com/IRAN.html


6 posted on 06/01/2011 12:29:58 AM PDT by Cindy
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