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  1. The key quote in that bloomberg fluff-piece does not come from Ross but from Panetta: “Are they trying to develop a nuclear weapon? No”

    The CBS transcript fleshes it out: “Are they trying to develop a nuclear weapon? No. But we know that they’re trying to develop a nuclear capability. And that’s what concerns us. And our red line to Iran is do not develop a nuclear weapon. That’s a red line for us. ”

    That’s a startling walk-back by the Administration, because it is a tacit acknowledgement that however much the USA is “concerned” about Iran developing “a nuclear capability” there isn’t anything that’s actually wrong with Iran possessing such a capability.

    After all, lots of other countries have that same capability e.g. Germany, Japan, Italy, Australia, Canada, etc.

    As far as Panetta is concerned Iran is allowed to develop the technology needed to make a nuke, so long as they don’t actually, you know, attempt to build one.

    It’s a nuanced argument, and light-years in advance of Ross’ ever-enthusiastic and oh-so-predictable beating of the war-drums.

  2. Jim Lobe’s take is very interesting,

    Whoever Killed the Scientist Was Aiming at Much More
    January 11th, 2012
    Jim Lobe

    I haven’t read all the commentary — or nearly all the commentary — on the assassination of the Iranian chemist today, but I have the distinct impression that whoever targeted him had a much broader agenda than simply killing yet another scientist working on Iran’s nuclear program. I think the prospect of renewed negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran was the bigger target.

    My sense of the last week or so was that the mostly verbal confrontation between Iran and the U.S., particularly regarding the Strait of Hormuz, was spinning out of control much more rapidly than anyone had expected and that the possibility of a conflict had suddenly become very real in ways the Obama administration certainly never intended.

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