Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Iran Threat Language Growing Broader than Nukes

As the clock ticks down to the U.N. Security Council deadline, the Bush administration indicates it will give serious consideration to Iran’s response. Meanwhile the House Intelligence Committee had this to say about Iran.

The House Intelligence Committee, meanwhile, issued a report that concluded Iran was a strategic threat and a country focused on developing nuclear weapons capability. It also linked Iran to Hezbollah, Hamas and other terrorist groups.

"Iran's support of radical Islamists with weapons and money demonstrates in real terms the danger it poses to America and our allies," said the committee's chairman, Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich. He said Iran "will not be satisfied until it poses a threat to the entire world."

Who provides the Intelligence Committee with information? The Executive Branch via its National Director of Intelligence.

What else did the report say?

The report also found gaps in the ability of U.S. intelligence agencies to keep up with developments in Iran's nuclear program and suggested hiring more intelligence agents who speak Farsi.

Is this the CYA in case the assessment is later found to be incorrect? It sounds hauntingly familiar and the last case turned into “Shock & Awe”. Will round 2 be of the nuclear kind? If it doesn’t completely take out the bunkers, the leftover hot zone could make the area less desirable for re-use.

If they’re not stopped, they will be a threat to the entire world….

Now who really is the “they”?

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