NYT reporter David Sanger speaking at the East West Center
The New York Times is reporting that Iran has begun nuclear enrichment at a second plant, but reporter David Sanger leaves the militaristic Israeli response till the jump:
“No one has a full sense of the Iranian production plan there,” said one diplomat who has studied the few details Iran has shared about the plant. “And I think that’s the point.” Already Iran has produced enough fuel to manufacture about four weapons, but only if the fuel goes through further enrichment, nuclear experts say…
It is that ability that has Israel most concerned. So Israeli officials were relieved in December when Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, speaking at a conference in Washington, strongly suggested that the United States was determined to stop not only a weapon, but the ability to produce one. But on Sunday, appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Mr. Panetta was less specific about how close to the line Iran would be allowed to go. Sanctions and separate embargoes against Iran were “working to put pressure on them, to make them understand that they cannot continue to do what they’re doing,” Mr. Panetta said, in comments that were taped before Mr. Abbasi’s announcement. “Are they trying to develop a nuclear weapon? No. But we know that they’re trying to develop a nuclear capability. And that’s what concerns us. And our red line to Iran is: do not develop a nuclear weapon. That’s a red line for us.”
When Sanger says that Israeli officials were “concerned” and are now “relieved” by Panetta’s statement that the American red line is Iran’s “ability to produce” a nuclear weapon, he surely knows what he’s talking about. Sanger moderated a panel for the neoconservative Foundation for the Defense of Democracies during their 2010 conference on Iran. The panel featured the senator from AIPAC, Mark Kirk. And a year ago he reported, based on mostly-unnamed sources, that “the covert race to create Stuxnet [computer worm aimed at Iranian program] was a joint project between the Americans and the Israelis.”
The questions American readers should ask based on this latest unsourced information are:
Who in Israel is pushing the U.S. to war against Iran? Is this in Americans’ interest? When Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC, on the campaign trail in New Hampshire, stated to Senator Rand Paul last night that it is American policy to prevent countries from getting nuclear weapons, what policy was she reflecting? Why did we not use force to prevent Pakistan, India, and Israel from obtaining nuclear weapons?