Barack Obama seems willing to allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons, while eliminating American missile defense plans and seeking to eliminate the American nuclear arsenal: “…I will cut tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending. I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems. I will not weaponize space. I will slow our development of future combat systems…. “Third, I will set a goal … Continue reading The Balance of Power
Gordon Chang isn’t being metaphorical: Keeping the ultimate weapon out of the hands of the Iranians is, as they say, “a question of civilization.” After all, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has made himself famous for his chatter about “wiping Israel off the map,” and Hassan Abassi, a senior member of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards, once said, “We have a strategy drawn up for the destruction … Continue reading The End of the World As We Know It
Israel bombed the nuclear reactor under construction in Syria to prevent the Syrians and the terrorist groups they sponsor from acquiring nuclear weapons. Will anyone do the same to Iran? Alisdair Palmer argues in favor of such a course: When the governments trying to acquire the technology for making nuclear bombs are known to train and supply Islamist terrorist groups – as Syria and Iran, … Continue reading Syria: Israel = Iran: ??
Wretchard reflects on the significance of the Syrian nuclear reactor destroyed by Israel. The UN seems to have been unaware of it: First the Al Kibar reactor, unlike Iraq’s Osirak, was designed to be covert from first to last. Did the IAEA at any time have any definite knowledge of Al Kibar? If it so, did the IAEA warn the United Nations about Syria’s covert … Continue reading Syria’s Objective
Today the administration briefs Congress on the Israeli raid on Syria, confirming what almost everyone has guessed: that this was an attack on a nuclear reactor capable of producing weapons-grade plutonium. Evidently the Israelis videotaped inside the facility (nice intelligence work!) and confirmed the presence of North Koreans, helping to construct a reactor of the same design as the one at Yongbyon. The surprising part … Continue reading The North Korean Connection
“Iran is testing an advanced centrifuge at its Natanz nuclear complex, diplomats said on Wednesday, a move that could lead to Tehran enriching uranium much faster and gaining the means to build atom bombs.” Continue reading Good Thing They Gave This Up in 2003, Right?
Thomas Joscelyn (HT: Power Line): It looks to me that the authors of the current NIE on Iran’s nuclear capability have some serious explaining to do. It took only four months for one of the NIE’s authors to completely flip-flop on the issue. Why would anyone trust this type of “analysis”‘? The New York Times, on the International Atomic Energy Agency: “To be frank, we … Continue reading More reactions to the NIE