Wednesday 25 Nov 2020 | 02:06 | SYDNEY
Wednesday 25 Nov 2020 | 02:06 | SYDNEY

The NIE hasn't changed Bush thinking about Iran


Sam Roggeveen


10 January 2008 10:39

Putting the counterproductive 'threat to world peace' stuff to one side, it was interesting to see the very specific way President Bush characterised US red lines in the Iran nuclear dispute during his trip to Israel:

Iran was a threat, Iran is a threat and Iran will be threat to world peace if the international community does not come together and prevent that nation from the development of the know how to build a nuclear weapon... (Emphasis added)

Bush's reference to know-how is a reminder of how urgent the Administration still feels this matter is, no matter what the NIE says. That's because although Iran may be years away from actually building a missile-deliverable nuclear weapon, its uranium enrichment effort could now be quite advanced. And once Iran has the know-how to make weapons-grade uranium, American and Israeli options narrow, because it won't then do much good to bomb the research facilities.