Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Washington Post's double-dip on the Iranian nuclear "threat"

The WaPo's Joby Warrick uses the Times of London's weekend report of a leaked memo about Iran's scientists conducting tests on a neutron initiator, to describe how much progress Iran has made in the science and technology of nuclear physics, including the final technical hurdles in making a nuclear warhead.

In the same issue, Danielle Pletka (a vice president at the American Enterprise Institute; need we say more? You can guess what's coming.) argues that a policy of containment of Iran's "aggressive nuclear weapons program" will not work, and that Obama needs to consider stronger actions.  She doesn't exactly spell it out, but since she has no faith in "weak reeds in Europe and Arabs deeply hesitant to act," and believes that "subcontracting American national security to Israel is an appalling notion," well. . .  that doesn't leave much else than military strike or blockade.  In either instance, an act of war.

And let's not forget: Pletka and her neocon colleagues were among the loudest voices in the chorus that in 2002 and 2003 was singing hosanna's for W.'s imminent attack to snuff out Saddam's WMDs, but were adding to their song the ultimate alleluia,  that "real men go to Tehran."

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