IAEA says Iran on verge of building a nuke

I remember hearing several years ago that it would be very difficult to take out all of Iran’s nuclear program, things are (literally) buried so deep in the earth. We’d need men on the ground, not just planes in the air. That’s the reason there were rumors a few years ago that Bush was contemplating using bunker-busting tactical nukes against them. I don’t see how the world lets Iran get a nuke.  (And yes, I believe the intelligence.  We knew it was only a matter of time before Iran would be technologically capable of this. We simply hoped it might take longer, and we might be able to thwart it.)

Washington Post:

Intelligence provided to U.N. nuclear officials shows that Iran’s government has mastered the critical steps needed to build a nuclear weapon, receiving assistance from foreign scientists to overcome key technical hurdles, according to Western diplomats and nuclear experts briefed on the findings.

Documents and other records provide new details on the role played by a former Soviet weapons scientist who allegedly tutored Iranians over several years on building high-precision detonators of the kind used to trigger a nuclear chain reaction, the officials and experts said. Crucial technology linked to experts in Pakistan and North Korea also helped propel Iran to the threshold of nuclear capability, they added.

This takes us back to Myrddin’s post of last week asking if Israel was preparing to bomb Iran.  And news on the same day that Britain was preparing a contingency plan for conflict with Iran.  Hard to imagine this news today is unrelated.  I’m sick and tired of wasting all this money on so many wars, but I don’t know how we can just ignore this.

And thanks to George Bush, we don’t really have the money to fight a war, lest we go broke Soviet-style.  I remember back in 2001, when Bush proposed his budget-busting tax cuts, saying that you don’t spend your rainy day fund because it’s sunny out – i.e., just because we finally got the budget in surplus is not a reason to put it into deficit again.  But Bush did it anyway, with the tax cuts, with Iraq, and more. And now that we need that money for a possible necessary military action, it’s not there because the GOP already spent it.  Democrats need to remind Americans of this fact, every day.

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