Think the recent Democratic election victories are going to throw cold water on the administration’s plans to “protect” the world from Iran’s supposed nuclear aspirations? Think again, says Hersh and a bevy of sources.
Hersh reports that Vice President Cheney has no intention of deviating from his plan to proceed to Iraq’s neighbor and that dealing with Iran is crucial to his plan for victory in Iraq. Plus, according to this report, Cheney believes, and apparently has convinced President Bush, that Iran is on the verge of joining the nuclear powers of the world and that action should be taken against Iran.
Funny thing is, according to Hersh, the CIA doesn’t agree:
“The Administration’s planning for a military attack on Iran was made far more complicated earlier this fall by a highly classified draft assessment by the C.I.A. challenging the White House’s assumptions about how close Iran might be to building a nuclear bomb. The C.I.A. found no conclusive evidence, as yet, of a secret Iranian nuclear-weapons program running parallel to the civilian operations that Iran has declared to the International Atomic Energy Agency.”
Apparently, Hersh’s sources tell him that Cheney and his supporters believe that the fact that there is no clear evidence of advanced nuclear activity in Iran simply means the Iranian government is really good at hiding it. Just as Saddam Hussein was hiding that nuclear smoking gun?
Sounds like the same political song, second verse to me.