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U.N. Disagrees with Obama on Iran Threat   September 17th, 2009
This would be comical if it weren't so serious       

 
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It seems that this administration just can't avoid stepping right in "it." Less than 24 hours after the Obama administration announced plans to abandon a Bush-era long-range defensive missile shield in Europe because Iran wasn't deemed a near-term threat for long-range missiles, a secret report from the U.N. apparently questions that assessment.

A secret report from the United Nations' nuclear watchdog warns that Iran has the ability to make a nuclear bomb and is developing a missile system to carry it -- an assessment that could call into question the Obama administration's claim on Thursday that the biggest threat from Iran comes from its short- and medium-range missiles.

Just hours after President Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced that they were shelving plans for a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe because of Iran's shift in strategy, the Associated Press revealed details of the secret report by the International Atomic Energy Agency. It says Iran has "sufficient information" to build a bomb.

The report, which says Iran is likely to "overcome problems" on developing a delivery system, appears to be the so-called "secret annex" on Iran's nuclear program that Washington has said is being withheld by the IAEA's chief.


Later in the same article:

But officials in the U.S. and other countries have been warning that Iran is making headway in developing long-range missiles and a nuclear weapon... Iran also launched a satellite into space in February, a move that suggests the nation is making progress on long-range technology.


All I can do is sigh. As I wrote earlier today: "Is it possible that our intelligence about Iran is wrong? ... And if anything is wrong in the intelligence or analysis, this could be a deadly mistake."

Indeed, it seems we didn't have to wait even 24 hours for there to be legitimate questions about the accuracy of our information. And if the U.N. had this information, are we to believe that Obama didn't? And if he did have this information and made the decision anyway, where does this leave us?

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