Friday, October 19, 2007
No Get out of Jail Free Card on Iran
Two points of divergence from the U.S. narrative. The first is that the operative word used was "weapons"--e.g. Iran has to be building actual weapons. In other words, it would seem that just having capabilities or equipment is not the threshold for action.
The second has to do with intelligence. What standard are other powers going to demand? Can the U.S. do the Cuban missile crisis-style intelligence briefings with other partners, being able to show satellite photos or human intelligence that can convince beyond a reasonable shadow of a doubt?
I think that the bar is being set quite high for proof on Iran, if we take these remarks at face value.
Our credibility is shot, at least as long as the present crowd of unindicted war criminals are running things in DC.