Monday, April 09, 2007

Iran So Far Away

The AP reports:

Iran announced a dramatic expansion of uranium enrichment Monday, saying it has begun operating 3,000 centrifuges — nearly 10 times the previously known number — in defiance of U.N. demands it halt its nuclear program or face increased sanctions.

U.S. experts say 3,000 centrifuges are in theory enough to produce a nuclear weapon, perhaps within a year. But they doubted Iran really had so many up and running, a difficult technical feat given the country's spotty success with a much smaller number.

Instead, the announcement may aim to increase support at home amid growing criticism of hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and to boost Iran's hand with the West by presenting its program as established, said Michael Levi, a nonproliferation expert at the Washington-based Council on Foreign Relations.

It sure is a good thing we have Valerie Palme and her super-secret "operation tracking distribution and acquisition of weapons of mass destruction technology to and from Iran."


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Blogger Mike said...

I hear your point (and I agree with it.) But I'm extremely sceptical as to the validity of this information.

I think (a) Iran's bluffing and (b) our Administration'll be happy to exploit the information to bang the war drums, call for more troops, ask for additional military funding, break out the long arm of the Executive Branch, etc.

3:44 PM  
Anonymous Tim said...

I was really surprised that Iran would escalate the international tension over this. Since they released the British sailors I guess they have to do something else that's dumb. They must really, really want to provoke Bush.

4:48 PM  
Blogger George said...

The sad part is you don't have to do anything to provoke Bush--he'll just get some dummy like Feith to drum up fake stuff.

Why are all the people who run countries so eager to play big swinging dicks?

5:04 PM  
Anonymous Tessitura said...

because in real life they have such small ones!

WV: try #1)gejotm

9:42 AM  

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