Omid Memarian

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

What is the Real Threat? The Failure of Intelligence or Iran's Civil Nuclear Program?

Although the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran's nuclear program has been provided more in-depth information about the recent activities by Iranians regarding to achieve nuclear capabilities, still there are many questions about the credibility of the Intelligent Agencies in the US. What exactly they are doing. I like the front page of the NYTimes, the day NIE was published. The most significant part was the face that it is so hard to trust these agencies. The way they can manipulate the truth is astonishing, and in the case of Iraq is, however, tragic.

But it seems that NIE and the other reports on Iran's nuclear program have not be sufficient for many in the media and/or the Administration to stop talking about using force against a country which is normally the most natural ally of the US in the Middle East, as Thomas Friedman said once.
"We live in a dangerous world. The survival of the U.S. must be our paramount concern. If Iran could, it would terrorize us here at home and destroy us. We must never let down our guard in seeking to protect our country from our enemies. Take our enemies at their word. Of course, the U.S. has made errors in judgment. Every human being and every country does, but that should not cause us to withdraw from world affairs or to stop insisting that Iran cease threatening U.S. personnel in Iraq, the U.S. homeland, as well as our allies in the Middle East. Senator John McCain said it better than anyone else to date: "There's only one thing worse than the United States exercising the military option, that is, a nuclear-armed Iran."Read the rest of this article here.)


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