Iran Wins this Round
Posted by Ryan on December 5, 2007
I was waiting for some of the chips to fall before posting on this topic. Here goes:
The latest National Intelligence Estimate (pdf) (NIE) indicated on Tuesday that Iran stopped its nuclear program in 2003, which is quite an “abrupt about-face” since a July 11 report indicated that Iran was continuing to pursue nuclear technology for insidious purposes: in other words they have not developed nukes yet, but they want to all under the guise of civilian power needs, which they don’t require in the oil-rich nation. So, the new information does not gel at all with the intelligence from just four months ago– something’s not right here.
Echoing the Democrats and their MSM allies, Mahmoud called this report a “declaration of victory” for Iran. How can anyone disagree with Mahmoud’s assessment?
As I see it: international efforts to punish the Iranian regime with new economic sanctions for hiding the nature of their programs will collapse now that the “mo-” is gone for swift action; Mahmoud, the Dems and the MSM can use this as a way to embarrass the Bush Administration; the international community which already has a problem with US intelligence will have even more trust issues; and Russia and China will use this as a green light to resume their cozy economic relationship with Iran. I see no scenario where Iran doesn’t come out feeling like a champ.
Yet, Iran still wants nukes and has an active program to enrich uranium. Iran is still funding a proxy war with the US and Israel in Iraq, Lebanon and the Gaza Strip. Mahmoud is still a de facto Holocaust-denier and has threatened Israel’s existence on more than one occasion. But, to the MSM, Bush is the problem. Very few journalists in the MSM have asked any hard questions about the nature of this inconsistency and they seem cheery that Bush took another hit. While I do think that Bush didn’t handle this very well or articulate this change properly, Mahmoud is still the crazy one bent on our eventual nuclear demise in the name of Allah!
As Michelle Malkin points out, here’s more perspective that the MSM will miss: does anyone remember any significant events in the Mideast that took place in 2003? Hmm… Oh yeah! The Iraq War began! So apparently, not only did Libya give up their WMD program that year, but Iran allegedly stopped its specific nuclear program. Peace through strength anyone?
Regardless, our perspective has been smeared by this development. Iran is still a dangerous regime: no nukes tomorrow, but probably by 2015. We invaded Iraq based upon the intel that the NIE came up with (bang-up job on that one guys), yet the MSM is very quick to suddenly believe them without probing much further. The UN, Russia, and China let out quite a sigh of relief since the international community is apt to back down from aggravating a crisis instigated by Iran in the first place. This is classic appeasement in our time. The weak and insecure have heard what they want to hear, gave America a slap, all while Iran gets to continue its clandestine activity with much less pressure today than they had to deal with on Monday. A win for Mahmoud is never a win for America.