The Discerning Texan

All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is for good men to do nothing.
-- Edmund Burke
Thursday, December 06, 2007

Our Transparent Democracy

Decades ago, the CIA was an entity shrouded in mystery. Most of us heard tales of covert operations and secret assassinations and imagined an army of James Bonds, unquestionably loyal to their country and replete with fancy weaponry and licenses to kill. Today much of the mystery of espionage is gone, and sometimes the fruits of its labor can prove harmful to the U. S. -- as in the case of the NIE. We're still reeling from the shock that a mere 8-page document expressing an approximate judgment can possibly have such far-reaching consequences.

The findings of the NIE left a lot people wondering when American intelligence agencies began to change their views on the Iranian nuclear threat. According to the New York Times, as of 2005, intelligence officers were still convinced that Iran was determined to develop nuclear weapons, and their opinion did not change until the discovery of some notes that led them to second-guess the validity of their initial assessment.

"The notes included conversations and deliberations in which some of the military officials complained bitterly about what they termed a decision by their superiors in late 2003 to shut down a complex engineering effort to design nuclear weapons, including a warhead that could fit atop Iranian missiles".

Exactly how the notes were obtained is not known to the public (I guess the CIA still retains a bit of mystery), but regardless of their origin they do not answer two crucial questions: 1) WHY did Iranian leaders decide to halt their nuclear weapons effort?; and 2) Isn't it possible that the notes were part of a scheme to fool the CIA into thinking that the efforts had been abandoned when, in fact, the covert operation is still ongoing?

For his part, Bush is not abandoning his stance on Iran. Democrats, Iranian officials, and even the former weapons inspector for the International Atomic Energy Agency are accusing him of being too arrogant to admit he was wrong. Bush, however, continues to make it clear that the U. S. approach to Iran will remain unchanged. We sincerely hope so!

We believe now, more than ever, it is imperative that we stifle Iran's enrichment program. Giving them the benefit of the doubt, as the rest of the world seems to be doing, may turn out to be a costly mistake. However, unless something unforeseen happens, U. S. military action against Iran seems improbable, if not impossible; and the feasibility of applying tougher sanctions is quickly waning, as it is highly unlikely that Bush will receive the needed support from the European nations.

At any rate -- and the NIE notwithstanding -- anyone who has heard the rhetoric and witnessed the videos knows that the ultimate goal of Iran is the destruction of Israel and -- if we give them the chance -- America.
Two Sisters From the Right, 12/06/2007 02:25:00 AM |