Thursday, September 14, 2006

Here We Go Again: Iran Report "Outrageous and Dishonest"

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has responded to a House Select Committee on Intelligence report about Iran's nuclear activities, calling it "outrageous and dishonest." The report was released on August 23. The IAEA blasted Republican claims that Iran had enriched uranium to weapons-grade purity. A Western diplomat told Reuters, "This (committee report) is deja vu of the pre-Iraq war period where the facts are being maligned and attempts are being made to ruin the integrity of IAEA inspectors."

While we're on the subject, why did George W. Bush wait nearly three years to shut down the A.Q. Khan nuclear proliferation network in Pakistan? Bush learned of Khan's activities early in 2001, but took no action to shut down the network until late 2003. Meanwhile, with U.S. and British knowledge, Khan was selling centrifuges and other nuclear technology to Iran, Libya and, perhaps, other nations.

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