Nov 29 2010
Wikileaks is a liberal nutcase gone mad. The folks behind it believe by exposing classified material the US is going to veer dramatically leftward politically. It is another clear example of left wing incompetence. All that is happening from Wikileaks is:
- Confirmation that our enemies are real and very dangerous (here and here)
- Confirmation the Obama administration is incompetent (here).
What we have learned is Iran is so dangerous the Saudis are supportive of a preventative strike and Europe understand it is more at risk than the US. While the Wikileaks head thinks he may be stopping an attack on Iran, the opposite is probably more likely. Now that the full scope of Iran’s threat can be seen (along wiht North Korea’s current and mindless provocative military actions) I can envision a gelling of world opinion behind unified action.
Nuclear weapons are frightening devices in the hands of peace loving first world countries. But in the hands of suicidal, religious fanatics they represent death and carnage on a scale the world has never before seen except in extinction level events. Iran itself is just not worth the risk.
Watch the Wikileaks backfire – big time.
Update: I think the revelation about Iran’s missile capabilities is most disturbing:
Iran obtained 19 of the missiles from North Korea, according to a cable dated Feb. 24 of this year. The cable is a detailed, highly classified account of a meeting between top Russian officials and an American delegation led by Vann H. Van Diepen, an official with the State Department’s nonproliferation division who, as a national intelligence officer several years ago, played a crucial role in the 2007 assessment of Iran’s nuclear capacity.
The missiles could for the first time give Iran the capacity to strike at capitals in Western Europe or easily reach Moscow, and American officials warned that their advanced propulsion could speed Iran’s development of intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Iran has no civilian need for these kinds of weapons. These are not defensive (clearly, they have been able to defend themselves so far without them). And the US can dwarf this fire power with a single submarine (let alone a naval task force). Forget about what we can do with all our assets.
So this weapon is for the infidels. What if Iran’s lunatic leaders believe their immortal salvation will come through statewide suicide? What if their path to God is through annihilation of the non believers?
Bush was right – we cannot allow Iran to become a nuclear power. The cost would be too high.