Skip to comments.EDITORIAL: Wishing away Iranian nukes--The mullahs are working on the bomb, like it or not
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 Husseins Iraq eight years ago - allowing anxieties about the policies of a tyrannical regime to distort our estimations of the states military capacities and intentions. For Mr. Hersh, its 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 Irans 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 Irans extensive uranium-enrichment program. Since 2007, this program has expanded outside the control and supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), despite Tehrans pledges it would accept international controls.
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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.”
Of course, Iranian built missile platforms in Venezuela is just for research, as well.
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