Reading the Financial Times this morning, I “learnt” that U.K. intelligence services believe that Iran has been pursuing a plan for nuclear warheads. This it at odds, officially at least, with the assesment of the U.S. intelligence community. From the FT:
Britain’s intelligence services say that Iran has been secretly designing a nuclear warhead “since late 2004 or early 2005”, an assessment that suggests Tehran has embarked on the final steps towards acquiring nuclear weapons capability.
Have you all seen the film ‘In the Loop’ yet? It’s a satire about British and American officials making a case for military intervention in the Middle East. One of the key points in the movie is how the Americans are waiting on really dubious “intel” from the Brits. The intel is from a source named “Iceman,” and the Americans want it so they can use it at the UN to make the argument for war. A great send up of the Iraq war debacle, or so I thought the first time I saw it. But in light of the recent hysteria over Iran, it’s certainly worth a repeated viewing! (IFC is playing it on their OnDemand channel, if you have digital cable.)
(It’s nice to see there are folks with non-hysterical perspectives about Iran. I don’t know… The whole panic leaves me scratching my head–the people who are telling us Iran is the most-dangerous-massive-end-of-the-world-evil -threat seem to be living in a kind of fantasy land, where reality is a one-sided affair.)