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Saturday, April 15, 2006
Bubba Clinton's Legacy - A Nuclear Iran
Here's an intelligence fiasco worthy of erudite Johnny English [He knows no fear. He knows no danger. He knows nothing.].
The operation, which took place during the Clinton administration in early 2000, was code named Operation Merlin and "may have been one of the most reckless operations in the modern history of the CIA," according to Risen.
What apparently has everyone in a tizzy is two fold:
1. Bubba [He knows nothing.] Clinton is a strategic and tactical moron who is an absolute boob when it comes to national security.
This is just another chapter in the Bill Clinton saga of giving weapons technology to enemies of the United States. He's provided missile technology to the Chinese, which increased the accuracy of their ballistic missiles, and he provided nuclear technology to the North Koreans that eventually enabled them to develop nuclear weapons.
2. James "Buy-My-Book" Risen, the guy who broke this news in State of War, is the same NYT reporter who made headlines last year when the same book "broke" the four year old "news" that the NSA was wire-tapping terrorist agents and acquaintances. While the MSM has gone crazy over so-called "NSA spying scandal", they haven't touched any of the Clinton-sold-nuke-technology-to-Iran thing. Not even Risen's employer, the NY Times.
Ironically, Risen's New York Times has declined to cover Mr. Clinton's Iranian nuclear debacle -- concentrating instead on his book's dubious claims that the National Security Agency was first authorized to commence domestic wiretapping by President Bush...
Three months ago, someone posted this story at Free Republic, as it was written up in a Middle Eastern newspaper. Infowars also covered the news based upon an article in The Guardian.
Apparently, everyone in the world has known about this except the American public due to our MSM's virtual blackout on the subject.
Riehl World View has some clues as to why the MSM has been so silent on the subject and points to a three month old Newsweek article and a Tim Russert interview interview with James Risen that discusses the ramifications of this type of intelligence info being made public.
From the Newsweek article: A spokeswoman for the CIA said, "If it's false, it shouldn't be in his book. If it's true, it shouldn't be in his book."
A statement issued by the CIA about James Risen: "It is 'most alarming' that the author 'discloses information that he believes to be ongoing intelligence operations, including actions as critical as stopping dangerous nations from acquiring nuclear weapons. Setting aside whether what he wrote is accurate or inaccurate, it demonstrates an unfathomable and sad disregard for U.S. national security and those who take life-threatening risks to ensure it.'"
From Tim Russert's interview with James Risen: "By revealing this operation, which you acknowledge may be ongoing, aren’t you violating national security?" He followed it up with this: "Aren’t you tipping the Iranians and the North Koreans as to what might be an ongoing operation?"
Risen's eloquent response to both questions above? "I don’t believe so. I think that this—as I said, this operation took place six years ago..." Wow - that's pure genius. "Duh - I don't think so."
To our readers here at ER, I'd like to suggest that we look a little past the obvious kerfluffles above to something that seems to have escaped everyone's notice so far. Iran has claimed all along that it only wants nuclear capability for civil energy purposes, right?
Iran claims that its nuclear power is for peaceful purposes and that it will help free up oil and gas resources for export, thus generating additional hard-currency revenues.
Severely intellectually-handicapped morons have actually bought that line of BS, right? Liberal arguments in support of Iran's claims have ranged from "It's Iran's right to have nuclear energy, just like any other country" to "Israel and the U.S., both armed with nukes, have no right to talk". Others have merely shrugged and said it's a matter of national sovereignty and prerogative.
So now can we quit wasting valuable time with such stupendously stupid arguments now? PLEASE? Liberals need to stop pretending Iran has civilian purposes for their nuclear proliferation. The obvious point of this news about Clinton's moronic Operation Merlin is that we have KNOWN for YEARS that Iran had a nuclear weapons program. We knew enough to craft a case to convince Doofus [He knows nothing.] Clinton to slip them the trigger technology for a nuclear warhead.
AJ at The Strata-Sphere says:
Clearly it was a reckless move. What, pray tell, was the upside? Why take a risk like this unless there was a HUGE payoff? Please note the timeframe for this - 2000 - the election year. That means Tenet was head of the CIA. The turf wars between CIA, State and DoD were raging under Clinton as well as Bush. But this mistake demonstrates the CIA had a lot of serious problems right before 9-11.
Jay at STACLU agrees and calls it: "Absolutely reckless, and a huge risk without any obvious good side to it that would justify the risk factor involved."
Protein Wisdom goes into a little more depth and posits:
"The last 30 years have seen such a deterioration in our intelligence capabilities—and, correspondingly, the public’s faith in them—that one can only hope that all the leaking we’ve seen coming from the CIA is but a last ditch (and, let’s pray, ultimately unsuccessful) effort on the part of many entrenched intelligence lifers to discredit those like Porter Goss who are working on fixing the problems, starting with a rigorous attempt to rid us of those in the intelligence bureaucracy, and breaking down the artificial barriers we have constructed to protect us from ourselves.
Good idea. Because, by the way, in case anyone missed it on Monday, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that Iran had successfully produced enriched uranium: "I formally declare that Iran has joined the club of nuclear countries." This triumphant announcement was the third major development this year on the way to producing an atomic bomb, leaving only one more step.
That next development – metalizing the enriched uranium to fit it into a warhead – could come as soon as four months from now, says author Jerry Corsi, who has watched the predictions in his book Atomic Iran unfold since it was published one year ago.
Couple that with the fact that in January, Iran successfully tested a missile with solid fuel, and just last week, a U.S. official reported Iran now has ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads:
Iran now has ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads, according to military experts.
Texas Rainmaker says, "And if all of that isn’t bad enough, don’t forget that John Kerry is prepared to 'offer Iran the nuclear fuel they need for peaceful purposes.'"
With elected nincompoops like this leading the way, we'll be the death of ourselves yet, won't we????
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