US intel agencies: Iran not 'actively' seeking to build nuke

There is some subtlety to this position and it probably reflects reality - to a point. Since we are unable to look into the minds of the Iranian leadership, we can't say with any degree of certainty that their intent is to build a nuclear bomb. Public statements about "wiping Israel off the face of the earth" by Ahmadinejad - a man who will not have the final say in any attack on Israel - are instructive but hardly proof in the sense that our intelligence experts can't inform policymakers with any certainty that the threats are based on reality. What we do know, is that they are assembling the hardware, the know-how, and technology to build a nuke if they choose. LA Times: A highly classified U.S. intelligence assessment circulated to policymakers early last year largely affirms that view, originally made in 2007. Both reports, known as national intelligence estimates, conclude that Tehran halted efforts to develop and build a nuclear warhead in 2003. The most recent report,...(Read Full Post)