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November 10, 2011

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One point to bring up about the alleged previous program is that the DIA, in the run up to the 2011 NIE, stated that in their opinion the ONLY reason Iran may have had a "paper studies" nuclear weapons program prior to 2003 is that they were concerned that Iraq might be developing a nuclear weapon.

Clearly this would be of major concern to the Iranians. Despite no desire to have nuclear weapons on their part (since they would be useless against Israel, let alone the US, and would also isolate Iran geopolitically), Iran's military and IRGC apparat apparently did "due diligence" and proceeded to study whether Iran could acquire the technology and know-how to build a nuclear weapon.

Of course, once Iraq was destroyed in 2003, clearly no such program was needed and that clearly is why it was stopped.

But according to the DIA it was never a nuclear weapons "development and deployment program" but merely "paper studies".

The DIA's view was over-ruled by the other intelligence agencies in the 2011 NIE, but clearly there is tremendous logic in that position.

This needs to be emphasized.

I can't wait for a bomb to drop on Khamenei's head

Cyrus, your friend Con Coughlin has done it again: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/8879463/Why-Iran-wants-the-bomb.html :-D.

[LOL - Good old Con! Guess his employers still have money to pay for his f-ups when he gets them sued.]

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