Booman Tribune ~ Beware! Iran to Have Bomb in a Few Months!: "Beware! Iran to Have Bomb in a Few Months!
by Steven D
Mon Jan 23rd, 2006 at 06:05:23 PM EST
Hey, that's not me talking. And it sure isn't the CIA, because they believe Iran is at least ten years away from having a bomb.
No, that's respected (ahem) conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer last week in an seemingly off the cuff comment while bemoaning the stupidity, timidity and general credulity of the European countries who, until recently, have been negotiating with Iran regarding the resumption of its nuclear program. As we now know, those talks failed to stop Iran from resuming the enrichment of its uranium supplies, an essential step in making a bomb (although Iran denies that is their intent). Check out this column of his originally published January 18, 2006 to see what I'm talking about:
Ah, success. Instead of being years away from the point of no return for an Iranian bomb, as we were before we allowed Europe to divert anti-proliferation efforts into transparently useless talks, Iran is probably just months away.
Apparently this meme was started by a man named Kenneth Timmerman. He is a reporter for Dick Scaife's American Spectator magazine, and a leader of the Foundation for Iranian Democracy a probable neocon front organization. Two years ago he reported that WMD had been found in Iraq. He has little credibility and neither does Krauthammer, but that is hasn't stopped the press and the mainstream democrats from echoing his ideas. Let's hope the peace movement has more backbone this time around.