Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Repeatedly Wrong

Joshua Muravchik is the latest Neocon crazy to demand the bombing of Iran. He does this in the LA Times. Why the LA Times would elect to publish this is beyond me.

He logic is simplistic and faulty and including the dreaded WWII "Nazi" analogies, along with the claim that we should have somehow stopped Stalin as well. Does the man have any understanding of History?

But we don't have to read long to find a real whopper of a lie. In fact it occurs in the second line:

It has been four years since that country's [Iran] secret nuclear program was brought to light, and the path of diplomacy and sanctions has led nowhere.

Ah, but what does the CIA think:

Veteran investigative reporter Seymour Hersh, writing in The New Yorker, cites a secret CIA report based on intelligence such as satellite images.

Correspondents say the alleged document appears to challenge Washington's views regarding Iranian nuclear intentions.


The CIA assessment, according to unnamed officials quoted in the article, casts doubt on how far Iran has actually progressed to making a nuclear weapon.

"The CIA found no conclusive evidence, as yet, of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons program, running parallel to the civilian operations that Iran has declared to the International Atomic Energy Agency," Mr Hersh wrote.

It says the agency based its conclusions on technical intelligence, such as satellite photography and measurements from sensors planted by US and Israeli agents.

The article says: "A current senior intelligence official confirmed the existence of the CIA analysis, and told me that the White House had been hostile to it."

So, this desk jockey in his cubicle at the AEI thnks he knows more than the CIA. And the LA Times gives him a voice!

He makes the false assertion in the second sentence of his essay, and goes down hill from there.

Bomb Iran

CIA Says No Proof