Savor the Gray Lady’s Nuanced Assessment

Posted: June 11, 2011 in Songs of Space and Nuclear War
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From the New York Times on Iran’s nuclear program:

Whether Iran has decided to make a weapon — if it could — is far from clear.

Far from clear, eh?!  Have the authors been reading from the oracle of objectiveness, the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate?  “Far from clear” makes just about everything else in the article suspect…like this:

…if Iran can increase enrichment, the country will be in a better position to threaten what nuclear experts call “breakout” — a hectic dash to make a weapon. American officials have insisted that they would detect such a rush and have plenty of time to respond.

Just as we detected Pakistan’s nuclear program and were able to proceed with plenty of time to spare.  North Korea?  Going into the way-back machine, how about the strategic surprise of when the USSR went nuclear?

So let’s get real: we’ve been caught with our trousers on the floor with disturbing frequency.  Always ignore the authority and wisdom figures (the “American officials”) that attempt to assert the following: this time it’ll be different.

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