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December 14, 2009

Beyond Doubt: Iran Working on Nuke Trigger

There is no more point in denial:

Confidential intelligence documents obtained by The Times show that Iran is working on testing a key final component of a nuclear bomb.

The notes, from Iranís most sensitive military nuclear project, describe a four-year plan to test a neutron initiator, the component of a nuclear bomb that triggers an explosion. Foreign intelligence agencies date them to early 2007, four years after Iran was thought to have suspended its weapons programme...

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"Although Iran might claim that this work is for civil purposes, there is no civil application," said David Albright, a physicist and president of the Institute for Science and International Security in Washington, which has analysed hundreds of pages of documents related to the Iranian programme. "This is a very strong indicator of weapons work."

And there is little doubt that when Iran has what they consider "enough" nuclear weapons, they will not be used to deter war, but to trigger Armageddon.

It seems our dithering President has a very simple choice.

He can be remembered as the American President who did nothing, the President that let Iran build nuclear weapons and trigger a nuclear exchange with Israel that killed tens of millions, including hundreds of thousands of American servicemen and civilians in the region. Barack Obama—the man who did nothing and watched the world burn.

Or Obama can be vilified by his left fringe as a warmonger, and try to use military force to deny Iran the last few critical components that separates them from becoming the world's more dangerous nuclear-armed regime.

I don't envy his decision, but given the choices, it still seems to be rather easy one.

Update: Sky News claims it has confirmed the authenticity of the evidence:

Sky News foreign affairs editor Tim Marshall said: "Sources confirm that the document is genuine. However, the Government and the US will be reluctant to wave it about just yet.

"There's three weeks to go until President Obama's end-of-the-year deadline for his policy of engagement with Iran.

"The big push for sanctions will not begin until January. No-one wants to pre-empt that."

Dither, dither, dither...

Posted by Confederate Yankee at December 14, 2009 08:09 AM
Comments

More proof that we need to clean house in our intelligence services. The Left is correct in once sense, that they have been delivering politicized intelligence reviews and estimates for years. The Left is wrong about the direction those reports have been distorted, and who is doing the distortion.

Posted by: Tregonsee at December 14, 2009 09:31 AM

But the December 2007 National Intelligence Estimate asserted with "high confidence" that Tehran had "halted its nuclear weapons program" in the fall of 2003.

Posted by: George at December 14, 2009 09:58 AM

So much for that Nov 2007 NIE that mislead the country with claims that Iran had given up their nuclear program.
The Iranians must have been laughing their asses off. You can imagine what they think of President PantyWaist

Posted by: Neo at December 14, 2009 11:30 AM

Ummm....I can write a document that says George Bush likes to wear women's dresses. Have we learned NOTHING from the "Yellowcake from Niger" forgeries scandal? Must we be rushed into yet another war mindlessly? SHeesh.

Posted by: hass at December 14, 2009 11:55 AM

I was promised some smart diplomacy. It's time for the President to unleash his diety powers and stop Iran.

Hass, you think that Iran is a direct parallel to Iraq?

Saddam was a jihadist, used WMDs over 10 times, and lusted for another 9/11. This has already been covered.

Maybe you're right. Someone's mindless. I think it's you. Have we learned nothing, indeed.

Also, I don't want US cities to get nuked.

Posted by: brando at December 14, 2009 02:08 PM

Saddam Hussein started two wars that killed 2 million people. He attacked three countries and invaded two. He brutally killed, tortured and raped innocent women and children. It is astounding that someone would consider the idea of taking out Saddam Hussein as "mindless." Hundreds of thousands of lives have been saved thanks to George W. Bush's perseverance. Tolerating a mass murderer is mindless.

Posted by: George at December 14, 2009 11:51 PM