Yesterday we asked whether the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, who scared the country with a long piece on the imminent threat of Iranian nukes last September, is going to cover the new line out of Israel: Iran is not a threat. Well Jeffrey Goldberg did:
I think it is fair to say that the combination of sanctions and subterfuge has definitively set back Iran’s nuclear program by at least one and perhaps as many as four years…
How do you like that for a “definitive” mathematical statement? 1-4 years. That kind of fuzzy math makes us wonder whether he has any idea what he is really talking about. But this is Goldberg’s game. More math, from the Atlantic last September:
The reasoning offered by Israeli decision makers was uncomplicated: Iran is, at most, one to three years away from having a breakout nuclear capability…
Robert Gates, the American defense secretary, said in June  at a meeting of NATO defense ministers that most intelligence estimates predict that Iran is one to three years away from building a nuclear weapon. “In Israel, we heard this as nine months from June—in other words, March of 2011,”
Weiss’s emphasis. So last September he said Iran would have nukes in March, and now he’s saying that it’s years away. Wow. Is this a reliable narrator? Oh and this from the Atlantic:
[By attacking Iran, the] Israelis will also state that they believe they have a reasonable chance of delaying the Iranian nuclear program for at least three to five years.
We have no idea what these numbers mean. And neither does Goldberg.
Blankfort picks up on the above reference to “subterfuge.” And quotes Goldberg:
much credit goes to the Mossad and the CIA and the Brits and God knows who else, who are working separately and in tandem to subvert the Iranian program, and a great deal of credit must go to, yes, President Barack Obama, who has made stopping Iran one of his two or three main foreign policy priorities over the past two year.”
Says Blankfort: Of course, Goldberg will not mention the several assassinations of Iran scientists that have been carried out by Mossad (just as in the past they got away with murdering Iraqi and Egyptian scientists) which is why Dagan is so sure that Iran’s bomb making plans have been delayed.