August 05, 2005

And Iran, Iran So Far Away

If Iran is further away than we thought from going nuclear, that's all the more reason to push for regime change. So I argue in my AmSpec column today.

Incidentally, I got the idea for this argument from a Frank Foer blog post. I probably should have mentioned that in the column, but I forgot. (Ramesh Ponnuru is right -- Foer's guestblogging at has been quite good.)

Posted by John Tabin at August 5, 2005 01:59 AM

Dear John:

That waPo article was about as bogus as anything else that rag prints. There so many un-named sources in that article that it was nothing more than a hit pice on Bush and his "exaggeration of the dangers" yadda yadda.

Face the facts:
An atomic bomb is 1944 technology.
Iran is a rich nation.
Under-employed Russian and Pakistani nuclear scientists are a dime a dozen.
Iran is ruled by nutcase mullahs.
They have a delivery system, the Shahab.

Do not allow a source like the WaPo to minimize this threat.

Posted by: Lamar Johnson at August 5, 2005 01:21 PM

That was a great piece, John!

I`ve always believed that a Contra-style solution was needed in Iran; we can`t just sit around waiting for a revolution-we need to make one! The problem, as you pointed out, is that the clock is ticking.

I just don`t understand President Bush`s strategy here; Iran is a part of the problem we have in Iraq. Wishing isn`t going to make this problem go away.

Again, I really admired that article!

Posted by: Tim Birdnow at August 5, 2005 07:50 PM

The situation in Iran is the single most serious situation facing the world today. The left in this country is more worried about how prisoners are treated in Gitmo than they are about an Iranian bomb. Europe will bow to Iran as it has to militant Islam on everything and expect us to protect them.

If the world lets Iran get the bomb it will be a greater blunder than Munich. I agree that WaPo is unreliable and perhaps a victim of wishful thinking.


Posted by: lee tabin at August 5, 2005 08:27 PM