Sunday, February 25, 2007

Through The (Capped) Looking Glass

Seymour Hersh:
The Administration is now examining a wave of new intelligence on Iran’s weapons programs. Current and former American officials told me that the intelligence, which came from Israeli agents operating in Iran, includes a claim that Iran has developed a three-stage solid-fuelled intercontinental missile capable of delivering several small warheads -- each with limited accuracy -- inside Europe. The validity of this human intelligence is still being debated.
Considering this photo, can there be any doubt about the quality of intelligence Israel's feeding us? Some pictures really are worth a thousand words.

In Israel, public confidence in the political and military leadership is at rock-bottom. We know the situation here in the U.S. And in Iran, the December elections showed that Ahmadinejad's popularity has dropped precipitously.

Three leaders, each desperately in need of something to rally public support. This final act seems ready to write itself.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a feeling when I heard of the upcoming invasion of Iraq way back in 03, that it would be "bad".
It has turned out to be much worse than I could have ever imagined.

Back in the 30's my parents where working in Paris and realized that war was coming and managed to get back to their country just in time for WWII.

Who would have imagened what Hitler would do and what the end result be with his actions starting with the invasion of Poland.

I came to this country as a child and I heard plenty of how could the germans have allowed Hitler to do to his fellow citizens what he did, etc.

Today I could also say how could our country allow Bush to permit torture, ignore the Constitution, and subvert the judicial system, and invade Iraq and all his other action of which we know so little?

The difference from almost 80 years ago is that no one could have believed that a state could sink that low, today we know and should have tried to stop it.

But we have no excuse. We are slowly becoming a nation that is more akin to the Soviet Union than to the country that I gew up in. We seem to be more interested whether a singer shaves her head or about Ann Nicole Smith than in a government that is striving to bring about the end of our world as we know it.

Bombing Iran will do that. And if the 3 horsemen are let loose they will not be stopped.

Here we have a president that seems to relish death and distruction while mouthing a respect for life.

If that is what it means to be a christian, I utterly reject it.

And if this country does not rise up and stop him we are no better than the Nazis were with there murderous policies.

Sadly I have to add that I have and see no hope. I doubt that we will as a nation survive Bush's administration.
And I have to add that once it starts the rest of the world will not survive either.

2/25/2007 3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post, great comment. Somehow I would rather not have to be complimentary to such deep thoughts and serious writing.

I can't imagine how it can be happening. I can't understand how otherwise intelligent and caring people voted for this administration. I can hardly be nice any more, so there is NO discussion of anything political.

If my grandson ends up fighting WW IV, I don't know if I will ever be able to speak to my family members, including his pro life father, that voted for this idiot again.

2/25/2007 5:21 PM  
Anonymous Mr. Hedley Bowes said...

"The Maariv daily labeled its picture, "Seeing black." The Yediot Ahronot daily paper softened the blow by also showing pictures of other leaders looking through capped binoculars — President Bush and former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon."

Clearly, the Defense Minister and this fellow share more than a name.

2/25/2007 5:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Normally I find your observations very astute. I try to check out what you are saying almost everyday.

The photo means next to nothing. Lots of people forget to take off the lens cap. they instantly realize what they've done and take the lens cap off.

It seems to me there are plenty of substantial reasons to criticize the run-up to who knows what with Iran.

2/25/2007 10:38 PM  
Blogger The Cunning Realist said...

Previous poster wrote: "The photo means next to nothing. Lots of people forget to take off the lens cap. they instantly realize what they've done and take the lens cap off."

From the linked wire report: "The photographer said Peretz raised the capped binoculars three times, nodding as Ashkenazi explained what he was 'seeing.'"

2/25/2007 11:34 PM  
Anonymous George said...

Current and former American officials told me that the intelligence, which came from Israeli agents operating in Iran

That information is bound to be completely unbiased and highly accurate.

2/26/2007 12:08 AM  
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Anonymous mayo said...

If you can find your home with a Google map shouldn't "our" satellite photos of Iran's missiles be a slam dunk, be afraid, seems to be all we need to suit up!

2/26/2007 12:25 PM  
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Anonymous Gus said...

Sy Hersh also said the attack would commence before the 2006 elections. I don't disagree that it's a distinct possibility, maybe even a probability, but I'm a bit skeptical.

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