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  • Iran’s Ticking Nuclear Time Bomb

    Leon Panetta, the low-key Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, made an eye-opening disclosure on Sunday that received little attention, yet called into question the Obama Administration’s strategy for preventing Iran from attaining a nuclear weapon.  Speaking on ABC’s Sunday news show, “This Week”, Panetta revealed that Tehran could soon have a nuclear weapon: “We think they have enough low-enriched uranium right now for two weapons.  They do have to enrich it, fully, in order to get there. And we would estimate that if they made that decision, it would probably take a year to get there, probably another year to develop the kind of weapon delivery system in order to make that viable.”

    But the CIA director was not optimistic about slowing Iran’s nuclear push through sanctions, the keystone of the Obama Administration’s strategy for preventing a nuclear Iran.  Panetta said:  “I think the sanctions will have some impact. . . . It could help weaken the regime. It could create some serious economic problems. Will it deter them from their ambitions with regards to nuclear capability? Probably not.”

    ABC News journalist Jake Tapper then pressed Panetta about the validity of the controversial 2007 National Intelligence Estimate on Iran’s nuclear program: “The 2007 National Intelligence Estimate said all of Iran’s work on nuclear weapons ended in 2003.  You don’t still believe that, do you?”  Panetta replied: “I think they continue to develop their know-how.  They continue to develop their nuclear capability.”

    This casual admission finally signaled the quiet demise of a flawed intelligence analysis that had hamstrung U.S. diplomatic efforts to halt Iran’s nuclear program by undermining the perceived urgency of doing so.  Now the question is: will the Obama Administration, which spent more than sixteen months on a spurned engagement effort with Tehran before imposing sanctions, act with a greater sense of urgency to prevent the emergence of a nuclear Iran?

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    5 Responses to Iran’s Ticking Nuclear Time Bomb

    1. Lynn Bryant DeSpain says:

      We all need to take a lesson from Gearge Washinton, who on Christmas Eve, crossed the Delaware, and attacked the Enemy. If he had not done such an ungentlemanly act, America in all probablility would never had been born.

      Perhaps it is time for us to no longer be the "Gentlemen" of America, and remove those, who would remove us?

    2. Rich,Phila.Pa. says:

      When Iran gets their Nuclear weapon,they will show the world how the sanctions worked to deter them,just like the sanctions imposed on the Empire of Japan worked in the late 30's and early 40's. .

    3. Richard Vettraino,Ph says:

      When did sanctions really work with fanactical governments? When Iran shows the world its live test of a nuclear weapon on its arch enemy an interest of the USA or Isreal.The so called sanctions will work as good as the sanctions imposed on the Empire of Japan in the late 30's and early 40's.

    4. Drew Page, IL says:

      We don't have to worry about Iran ever using a nuclear bomb against us, Mr Obama is their friend.

    5. Spiritof76, NH says:

      Please, can we grow up here?

      This regime in Washington doesn't mind Iran having nuclear weapons. After all the Zionist regime (regime's anti-Israeli view) has nuclear weapons. Obama wouldn't really care if Iran wipes out Israel. His spiritual leader, Rev. Wright and his other spiritual leader Farakkhan blame the jews for the trouble in the world and the oppression of blacks.

      When are we going to realize that Obama is transforming this country into a Marxist dictatorship because he hates our country as was constituted? Until Americans realize this, they will keep on giving Obama more power. One day, they will realize that it was too late.

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