Iran's Nuclear Program Never Existed? So Says U. of Minnesota Prof. William O. Beeman
My latest at the Campus Watch blog:
The National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) downplaying Iran's "nuclear intentions and capabilities" released earlier this month has been met with well-founded skepticism by experts, members of Congress, and foreign intelligence services alike. Middle East Forum director Daniel Pipes summed up this state of affairs like so:
The NIE's main point, contained in its first line, famously holds: "We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program." Other analysts – John Bolton, Patrick Clawson, Valerie Lincy and Gary Milhollin, Caroline Glick, Claudia Rossett, Michael Rubin, and Gerald Steinberg – have skillfully dissected and refuted this shoddy, politicized, outrageous parody of a piece of propaganda, so I need not dwell on that here. Further, leading members of Congress are "not convinced" of the NIE's conclusions. French and German leaders snubbed it, as did the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and even the International Atomic Energy Agency expressed doubts. British intelligence believe its American counterparts were hoodwinked, while Israeli intelligence responded with shock and disappointment.But for those who are inclined to believe the Iranian regime's farcical claims that their nuclear ambitions are based on energy and not weaponry, the NIE is seen as vindication that dialogue and diplomacy, rather than sanctions and threat of force, is the correct approach.
One of these is professor and chair of the department of anthropology at the University of Minnesota and author of The ‘Great Satan' vs. the ‘Mad Mullahs': How the United States and Iran Demonize Each Other, William O. Beeman.
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