September 21, 2007

ALL THAT'S CHANGED IS THAT THEY INFORM US FIRST NOW:

Israel, U.S. Shared Data On Suspected Nuclear Site: Bush Was Told of North Korean Presence in Syria, Sources Say (Glenn Kessler and Robin Wright, September 21, 2007, Washington Post)

Israel's decision to attack Syria on Sept. 6, bombing a suspected nuclear site set up in apparent collaboration with North Korea, came after Israel shared intelligence with President Bush this summer indicating that North Korean nuclear personnel were in Syria, U.S. government sources said.

The Bush administration has not commented on the Israeli raid or the underlying intelligence. Although the administration was deeply troubled by Israel's assertion that North Korea was assisting the nuclear ambitions of a country closely linked with Iran, sources said, the White House opted against an immediate response because of concerns it would undermine long-running negotiations aimed at persuading North Korea to abandon its nuclear program.

Ultimately, however, the United States is believed to have provided Israel with some corroboration of the original intelligence before Israel proceeded with the raid, which hit the Syrian facility in the dead of night to minimize possible casualties, the sources said.


Memo to Senator Obama: the tail wags the dog.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 21, 2007 7:50 AM
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"...which hit the Syrian facility in the dead of night to minimize possible casualties."

Please, please tell me this is a joke. If Syria has a nuclear program, we WANT all the people who work on it dead.

Posted by: b at September 21, 2007 12:25 PM
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