according to a declassified US intelligence report, iran backed away from its nuclear weapons program in 2003. on the situation room monday, CNN’s wolf blitzer and others seemed to imply that this report shows iran’s motives are peaceful and that the bush administration’s tough talk since 2003 has been inappropriate.
but wait! what else happened in 2003?
um, yeah. we kicked the crap out of iran’s neighboring government over its alleged weapons program.
so, while iran may have hit the pause button on the bomb, i wouldn’t jump to the conclusion that they have forsaken their evil ways all together. aquavelvethead is still enriching uranium that could be used for a nuclear weapons program, he still talks about wiping israel off the map, he still claims that those who oppose iran’s search for nuclear power will, one day, “regret” it, his speeches end to deafening chants of “death to america! death to israel!” iranian men and weapons are being used in large numbers to kill americans and innocent civilians in iraq, and iran’s outfitting of hezbollah fighters during the 2006 syria war was so extensive it would put top brand-placement corporations like nike to shame.
(count the swooshes)
so, anyway, what i’m saying is: i see this story completely differently than CNN does.
UPDATE: john bolton explains why this news isn’t as earth shattering as some are interpreting it (for example: the civilian vs. military distinction in nukes isn’t that important). he even points out what i did originally: that there was a significant event in 2003 that the NIE ignores.