December 6, 2007

THE EXPLOITABLE DIVISION:

Notes from Iran military led to U.S. reversal (David E. Sanger and Steven Lee Myers, December 6, 2007, NY Times)

The notes included conversations and deliberations in which some of the military officials complained bitterly about what they termed a decision by their superiors in late 2003 to end a complex engineering effort to design nuclear weapons, including a warhead that could fit atop Iranian missiles.

The newly obtained notes contradicted public assertions by U.S. intelligence officials that the nuclear weapons design effort was still active. But according to the intelligence and government officials, who spoke Wednesday, they give no hint why Iran's leadership decided to halt the covert effort.

Ultimately, the notes and deliberations were corroborated by other intelligence, the officials said, including intercepted conversations among Iranian officials, collected in recent months.


You don't need much foreign policy expertise to see that these internal squabbles make the decision one that we could use to divide the regime if we were smart enough to rub their faces in it, instead of our own.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 6, 2007 8:14 AM
Comments

Should we believe the old NIE or the new NIE? Can we trust anything from our unintelligent intelligent agencies? What credibilities do they have? The CIA now concludes that the Iranians either have or have not developed nuclear capabilities.

Posted by: ic at December 6, 2007 2:01 PM

Khamenei

Posted by: oj at December 6, 2007 3:30 PM

The notes smack of dis-information. Get Joe Wilson on the line to check them out.

I hope Cheney gets involved in it "big time" before he bows out, for reasons of health.

Posted by: genecis at December 6, 2007 6:07 PM
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