Don't let guard down on Iran

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New intelligence reveals that our spymasters are "moderately confident" that Iran has not restarted its nuclear weapons program as of mid-2007.

So does this mean the United Nations should back off its sanctions program against the totalitarian regime that runs the country?

Absolutely, emphatically, resoundingly not!

One reason is that our snake-bitten intelligence operatives may be wrong. They have had some serious miscues recently. President Bush admitted in 2005 that part of the pre-war intelligence on Iraq was wrong. And who underestimated the nuclear progress of Libya and North Korea before both those countries were caught in the act?

Another reason is that Iran continues to build its stockpiles of enriched, weapons-grade nuclear material. The report says they are "moderately confident" that the country will be capable of producing enough of this material for a weapon between 2010 and 2015.

Sanctions are working. Intelligence agencies say this was the reason the leaders of Iran stopped building a weapon in 2003.

And they continue to work. Although bolstered by high oil prices, the country's economy is crumbling, and discontent over the current regime led by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is steadily rising.

President Bush is undeterred in his push for more sanctions. He's right. The world needs to keep the pressure up. Let's hope he can convince the U.N. Security Council of this imperative.

It is obvious to everyone, including a growing number of people of Iran, that this country needs a regime change.

Sanctions can bring this about -- before our fears become fact.

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shivas
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shivas 12/06/07 - 07:43 am
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Another example of Bush

Another example of Bush losing credibility with the world. Can this administration lose anymore credibility?

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 12/06/07 - 07:48 am
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And what will you say when

And what will you say when they test a nuke in about 4 years?

Bizarro
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Bizarro 12/06/07 - 08:26 am
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Don't forget the bilateral

Don't forget the bilateral commission found our intelligence agencies were at fault in Iraq-remember the "slam dunk", so it gives one pause that they are any better now. It is not this administration but several that has precipitated losing credibility with the world-but given the condition of the world why should we care to some degree. I don't see too many countries pouring funds all over the world like the U.S.. Just proves you can't buy friends.

johnsmith
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johnsmith 12/06/07 - 09:06 am
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johnsmith 12/06/07 - 09:08 am
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U.S. has been wrong on Iran

U.S. has been wrong on Iran since 1979. There's no way to read the history any differently. That includes two Democratic presidents, three Republican presidents, and a consistent pollyanna stupidity in the State Department that never changes...

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otpor 12/06/07 - 11:12 am
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Its hilarious how both the

Its hilarious how both the Dems and the GOP are each in their own way taking to this thing like a calf to a teet, with double standards abounding from both sides. Dems hail this as a "We told you so!" kind of situation, whereas the Republicans are saying "Well, they were wrong then, why shouldn't they be wrong now?" It'd be funny if it weren't so depressing.

jack
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jack 12/06/07 - 03:27 pm
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The three who wrote the NIE's

The three who wrote the NIE's conluions have been investigated and exposed as ultra liberals and former State Department bureaucrats. One being a graduate of Berkeley shot his credibility up front.

jack
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jack 12/06/07 - 03:30 pm
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Shivas, Bush has lost NO

Shivas, Bush has lost NO credibility with Iran. They ain't continuing to enrich uranium for nothing. Only DIM liberals like you can't see any further than the end of your nose. You prove it daily on here.

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