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December 10, 2007

Iran’s nuclear capabilities

So “U.S. says Iran not building nukes” (12/4, A-1).

Translation: Even the most right-wing Republicans agree that bombing Iran would be a bad political move.

Rae Ann Nixon
Kansas City

Comments

jack

five hours later and no atgurement. not even an attack on those that have reported the information.

That says it all.

Try reading yesterday's newspaper, page A-5, upper left. Headline is "CIA LAUNCHED BRAIN DRAIN OFFICIALS SAY". Secondary headline reads, "THE SECRET PROGRAM TARGETED IRAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM BY PERSUADING KEY PEOPLE TO DEFECT"

Now, it is easy to have serious issues with whoever is leaking this info. I see anyone who leaks an ongoing CIA covert operation as exposing agents and our nation to potential harm. However, the article suggests a very real success on the part of the Bushies in this regard.

The article says that, although it was not the original purpose of the operation and the operation was itself a reversal of Bush Administration policies contracting Iran operations, said operation directly led to the development of the information in the new NIE.

This very well may be a classic case of a blind pig finding an apple, but it is still an apple. I would think the one-siders would be ecstatic that a Bush Administration initiative has been successful. Instead, both the Bush Administration and the one-siders here are complaining that the information does not support what they want to do.

To blow the information off because it doesn't fit your desired beliefs reflects not on the NIE, but on the person blowing it off.
jack

BuddyT

Jim it was an article in the Washington Times on December 7th by Jon Ward. I tried to link to it but the web site must be down. I also read, heard it somewhere else. I will try and recall.

Jim

Who are you talking about, Buddy? I'd like to see some proof of that accusation.

Jim

BuddyT

Well Blanko (sign something for crying out loud) when you consider one of the authors of this NIE is an openly avowed advocate for Iran to HAVE NUKES, it does cast just a tiny bit of aspersion on the report......
BuddyT

"...you guys pick and choose your NIE's like so many strawberries..."

Geez, and I thought the purpose of creating new NIEs on a regular basis was to update the President with information that is current. Nah. New NIEs are just a leftist plot. Where is tail gunner Joe when we need him. Bet he is waving a "list" of "known leftists" from his grave.

Did any of you read yesterday's paper? There is an article about Bush having ordered a covert CIA program in 2005. The purpose was to encourage Iran's nuclear experts to defect. According to the article, that didn't happen to any meaningful extent, but the increase in on the ground intelligence gathering did lead directly to the information in the new NIE.

Apparently the one siders can't even glory in the fact that Bush did something extremely right. He ordered increased on the ground CIA activity in Iran and this resulted in better information than he had before.

Nope, don't glory in that. Declare the information "tainted" because it doesn't agree with what you want to believe.

Mark Robertson

Iran will not be allowed to become an imminent nuclear danger to the Middle East and the rest of the world on President Bush's watch Thankyou.

Mark Robertson
Independence

BuddyT

As usual Blanko, you missed the point I just made...you guys pick and choose your NIE's like so many strawberries..."Hmm, I like this one, I don't like this one....." What a hoot you guys are!
BuddyT

People love to paint this intelligence as "dubious," but they have no basis for doing so. Do you really believe that 16 government agencies got together and decided to have a laugh at Bush's expense? If so, where were they when the 2005 NIE came out? Did they just decide last year that they hate Bush, all in unison? Mark, your spin is particularly ridiculous today.

Your "bomb Iran" agenda is clear. You want this done at the earliest possible date with the flimsiest possible evidence.

BuddyT

It still amazes me that the same folks who claimed our intelligence agencies are wothless (WMDS, Niger yellow cake, etc.) now swear this intel report is balls on...lol.
BuddyT

Mark Robertson

Translation: there are still anti-Bush leftists at the State Dept. and CIA who continue to attempt to undermine President Bush's war on terrorism.
The latest NIE report is extremely dubious, especially when a 2005 NIE say that Iran was still pursuing a Nuclear program.
Thankfully, President Bush is saying nothing has changed because of this latest NIE which attempts to leave the impression that Iran dropped its nuclear efforts in 2003. Right.
And leftists just can't fathom that everything is not about politics. Thankyou.

Mark Robertson
Independence

 
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