By VALERIE LINCY and GARY MILHOLLIN
New York Times, Published: December 6, 2007
ON Monday the
In fact, the report contains the same sorts of flaws that we have learned to expect from our intelligence agency offerings. It, like the report in 2002 that set up the invasion of
During the past year, a period when
For years these expensive projects have been viewed as evidence of
That work includes the centrifuges at Natanz, which bring
The new report has also upended our sanctions policy, which was just beginning to produce results. Banks and energy companies were pulling back from
No company or bank will agree to lose money unless a nuclear threat is clear. Likewise, is it fair for the United Nations to continue to freeze the assets of people like Seyed Jaber Safdari, the manager of the Natanz plant, or companies like Mesbah Energy, the supplier of the reactor at
This situation is made all the more absurd by the report's suggestion that international pressure offers the only hope of containing
We should be suspicious of any document that suddenly gives the Bush administration a pass on a big national security problem it won't solve during its remaining year in office. Is the administration just washing its hands of the intractable Iranian nuclear issue by saying, "If we can't fix it, it ain't broke"?
In any case, the report is an undoubted victory for
Valerie Lincy is the editor of Iranwatch.org. Gary Milhollin is the director of the
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