McClatchy: 'No Evidence of Iranian Nuke Program'

Rick Moran
Talk about burying your head in the sand.

McClatchy News Service has proven itself over the years to be on of the more anti-American media outlets in the world. Today, they take on the issue of the Iranian nuclear program and despite mountains of evidence (that they supply at the end of the article) question whether the mullahs are serious about building a bomb at all:

"I don't think that anyone right today thinks they're working on a bomb," said another U.S. official, who requested anonymity because of the issue's sensitivity.

Outside experts say the operative words are "right today." They say Iran may have been actively seeking to create a nuclear-weapons capacity in the past and still could break out of its current uranium-enrichment program and start a weapons program. They too lack definitive proof, but cite a great deal of circumstantial evidence.

Bush's rhetoric seems hyperbolic compared with the measured statements by his senior aides and outside experts.

[snip]

Bush and Cheney's allegations are under especially close scrutiny because their similar allegations about an Iraqi nuclear program proved to be wrong. Nevertheless, there are many reasons to be skeptical of Iran's claims that its nuclear program is intended exclusively for peaceful purposes, including the country's vast petroleum reserves, its dealings with a Pakistani dealer in black-market nuclear technology and the fact that it concealed its uranium-enrichment program from a U.N. watchdog agency for 18 years.
In fact, as the article points out, there is no evidence that the Iranians have halted their efforts to build a bomb and overwhelming evidence that they were trying to construct a device in the past.

But to McClatchy, this is proof that they are not trying to build a nuke in the here and now.

It takes a special kind of ability to deny the nose sitting on the front of your face. And the fact that most of the rest of the world agrees with the US on sanctions says something sublimely ridiculous about this effort by McClatchy to discredit the Administration's position on Iranian nukes.

The headline to this piece should have read, "No Evidence of Intelligence Found at McClatchy Headquarters."
Talk about burying your head in the sand.

McClatchy News Service has proven itself over the years to be on of the more anti-American media outlets in the world. Today, they take on the issue of the Iranian nuclear program and despite mountains of evidence (that they supply at the end of the article) question whether the mullahs are serious about building a bomb at all:

"I don't think that anyone right today thinks they're working on a bomb," said another U.S. official, who requested anonymity because of the issue's sensitivity.

Outside experts say the operative words are "right today." They say Iran may have been actively seeking to create a nuclear-weapons capacity in the past and still could break out of its current uranium-enrichment program and start a weapons program. They too lack definitive proof, but cite a great deal of circumstantial evidence.

Bush's rhetoric seems hyperbolic compared with the measured statements by his senior aides and outside experts.

[snip]

Bush and Cheney's allegations are under especially close scrutiny because their similar allegations about an Iraqi nuclear program proved to be wrong. Nevertheless, there are many reasons to be skeptical of Iran's claims that its nuclear program is intended exclusively for peaceful purposes, including the country's vast petroleum reserves, its dealings with a Pakistani dealer in black-market nuclear technology and the fact that it concealed its uranium-enrichment program from a U.N. watchdog agency for 18 years.
In fact, as the article points out, there is no evidence that the Iranians have halted their efforts to build a bomb and overwhelming evidence that they were trying to construct a device in the past.

But to McClatchy, this is proof that they are not trying to build a nuke in the here and now.

It takes a special kind of ability to deny the nose sitting on the front of your face. And the fact that most of the rest of the world agrees with the US on sanctions says something sublimely ridiculous about this effort by McClatchy to discredit the Administration's position on Iranian nukes.

The headline to this piece should have read, "No Evidence of Intelligence Found at McClatchy Headquarters."