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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Another Obama nuclear coverup

It's been less than a week since I reported that Barack Hussein Obama covered up a shipment of missile components from North Korea to Iran during the P 5+1 nuclear talks. Now, it turns out that wasn't the only thing Obama was covering up. Eli Lake reports that Obama  has known for years that Iran is three months from breakout. And he never told anyone.
Speaking to reporters and editors at our Washington bureau on Monday, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz acknowledged that the U.S. has assessed for several years that Iran has been two to three months away from producing enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon. When asked how long the administration has held this assessment, Moniz said: "Oh quite some time." He added: "They are now, they are right now spinning, I mean enriching with 9,400 centrifuges out of their roughly 19,000. Plus all the . . . . R&D work. If you put that together it's very, very little time to go forward. That's the 2-3 months."
Brian Hale, a spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, confirmed to me Monday that the two-to-three-month estimate for fissile material was declassified on April 1.  
Speaking to reporters and editors at our Washington bureau on Monday, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz acknowledged that the U.S. has assessed for several years that Iran has been two to three months away from producing enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon. When asked how long the administration has held this assessment, Moniz said: "Oh quite some time."
He added: "They are now, they are right now spinning, I mean enriching with 9,400 centrifuges out of their roughly 19,000. Plus all the . . . . R&D work. If you put that together it's very, very little time to go forward. That's the 2-3 months."
Brian Hale, a spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, confirmed to me Monday that the two-to-three-month estimate for fissile material was declassified on April 1.  
On Oct. 5 of that year, Obama contrasted the U.S. view of an Iranian breakout with that of Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who at the time said Iran was only six months away from nuclear capability. Obama told the Associated Press, "Our assessment continues to be a year or more away. And in fact, actually, our estimate is probably more conservative than the estimates of Israeli intelligence services." 
Ben Caspit, an Israeli journalist and columnist for Al-Monitor, reported last year that Israel's breakout estimate was also two to three months away.
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David Albright, a former weapons inspector and president of the Institute for Science and International Security, told me administration officials appeared to be intentionally unspecific in 2013, when the talking points used the 12-months-plus timeline. "They weren't clear at all about what this one-year estimate meant, but people like me who said let's break it down to the constituent pieces in terms of time to build a bomb were rebuffed," he said. Albright's group released its own breakout timetable that focused solely on the production of highly enriched uranium, not the weapon itself. It concluded Iran was potentially less than a month away.
Liar, liar pants on fire.

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2 Comments:

At 1:07 AM, Blogger DemoCaster said...

Good article! (please fix the repeat in the paragraphs, though).

 
At 5:22 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

It will slowly be revealed that Iran's been a nuclear state since shortly before the 2012 election and that Obama's known it all along and that all of this is theater. They reached their detente years ago with the understanding that if Iran coordinated its announcement of finally getting The Bomb with the White House that Obama would unwind all the sanctions and give them everything they want. The key obstacle now, one could imagine is how Obama looks at his own political advantage by throwing Hillary Clinton under the bus over this. Does he derail her candidacy for someone he's handpicked to succeed him, or does he persist with the fiction as it is now because he no longer cares or worries what happens. Follow the money. With 10's of billions of dollars flowing in to Iran now, it can't be impossible that a billion here or there in baksheesh has found its way into an Obama account somewhere on earth.

 

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