Iran Still A Threat - Remember Terrorism and Dead US Soldiers?
In case you missed it last week, a very informative feature from the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute for International Studies, Iran's Nuclear Program Remains Threat Despite Freeze. Zipping to the opening graph from its conclusions:
What comes next? Since Ahmadinejad took office, Iran has reversed key decisions of his predecessors to suspend uranium enrichment work at Natanz and to expand IAEA inspection rights. Will he also oppose continuing the halt on weaponization work? With the IAEA restricted and the United States, according to a senior Israeli official, having lost its crucial source of information on the weaponization effort, he may well believe these activities can be restarted without detection.
And let's not forget that Iran is a threat primarily for its sponsorship and execution of terrorist activities, including being responsible for 10% of US casualties in Iraq through its EFP's alone. This does not include Iranian enabled non-EFP attacks and resultant casualties. ThreatsWatch is assured by intelligence sources that the Iranians are responsible for more than 10% of US casualties all told.
Unfortunately, the NIE and the reporting that accompanied its release tends to diminish or obscure this simple non-nuclear fact.