foreign policy | June 05, 2011

Seymour Hersh: What if Iran Isn't Making a Nuclear Bomb?

In a recent New Yorker article, legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh investigates whether rumors of nuclear weapons in Iran have been greatly exaggerated. It’s another in a series of remarkable reports that Hersh has produced on some of the major foreign policy issues of the post 9/11 era—from the Bush administration’s justifications for war in Iraq to the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.

Writing in the New Yorker's June 6, 2011 edition:
“Is Iran actively trying to develop nuclear weapons? Members of the Obama Administration often talk as if this were a foregone conclusion, as did their predecessors under George W. Bush. There’s a large body of evidence, however, including some of America’s most highly classified intelligence assessments, suggesting that the U.S. could be in danger of repeating a mistake similar to the one made with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq eight years ago—allowing anxieties about the policies of a tyrannical regime to distort our estimates of the state’s military capacities and intentions. The two most recent National Intelligence Estimates (N.I.E.s) on Iranian nuclear progress have stated that there is no conclusive evidence that Iran has made any effort to build the bomb since 2003.”

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