Hey! Let's accept the Iranian bomb as a fait accompli, says the National Intelligence Director

Rick Moran
You knew this was coming.

All the rhetoric about "reaching out" to Iran would eventually make opposing their drive for a nuclear weapon obsolete, eligible to be thrown under the bus.

The problem is President Obama’s national intelligence director, Admiral Dennis Blair, didn’t promise much in his annual threat assessment to Congress. Will Iran’s program be stopped? It’s not up to the international community - or to America - to decide whether Iran develops nuclear weapons or not, Blair explained. It’s up to Iran. And while nobody wants Iran to go nuclear, Blair can’t say if international effort (and “engagement”) has any chance of advancing this cause: “Whether they take it all the way to nuclear weapons and become a nuclear power will depend a great deal on their own internal decisions,” he said.

Internal decisions - namely the outcome of Iran’s election? Blair didn’t say. But even in the event that Muhammad Khatami becomes Iran’s president, it’s hard to imagine a change of heart on the nuclear issue - as even the most enthusiastic cheerleaders of the so-called reformist leader will [5] admit.

As far as the "international community" accepting the Iranian's internal decision on whether to build a bomb as only accurate if you exclude the state of Israel who will no doubt have something to say about that - at least as far as they can impact its construction with the use of miliary force. This may or may not be a good idea but before Iran goes nuclear, I would not expect Israel to stand by and accept a "fait accompli."

Hat Tip: Ed Lasky


 



You knew this was coming.

All the rhetoric about "reaching out" to Iran would eventually make opposing their drive for a nuclear weapon obsolete, eligible to be thrown under the bus.

The problem is President Obama’s national intelligence director, Admiral Dennis Blair, didn’t promise much in his annual threat assessment to Congress. Will Iran’s program be stopped? It’s not up to the international community - or to America - to decide whether Iran develops nuclear weapons or not, Blair explained. It’s up to Iran. And while nobody wants Iran to go nuclear, Blair can’t say if international effort (and “engagement”) has any chance of advancing this cause: “Whether they take it all the way to nuclear weapons and become a nuclear power will depend a great deal on their own internal decisions,” he said.

Internal decisions - namely the outcome of Iran’s election? Blair didn’t say. But even in the event that Muhammad Khatami becomes Iran’s president, it’s hard to imagine a change of heart on the nuclear issue - as even the most enthusiastic cheerleaders of the so-called reformist leader will [5] admit.

As far as the "international community" accepting the Iranian's internal decision on whether to build a bomb as only accurate if you exclude the state of Israel who will no doubt have something to say about that - at least as far as they can impact its construction with the use of miliary force. This may or may not be a good idea but before Iran goes nuclear, I would not expect Israel to stand by and accept a "fait accompli."

Hat Tip: Ed Lasky