Friday, April 21, 2006

The Director of National Intelligence says our next war target isn't an immediate threat -- and that's not news? That gets buried in paragraphs 9 and 10 of an 11-paragraph Washington Post story? On page 7?

In contrast to some other administration officials, [John] Negroponte gave a low-key description of the threat caused by Iran's recent statements about having begun nuclear enrichment, which could be a major step toward building a bomb. Negroponte used the word "troublesome," saying there is additional concern because of statements made by Iran's new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Overall, however, he said that Tehran is "a number of years off . . . probably the next decade" before it will have enough fissile material for a bomb, and "we need to keep this in perspective."

Ah, but maybe we're not supposed to pay any attention to him. Maybe we're supposed to pay attention to a real expert:

John Negroponte, the new U.S. intelligence czar, just weighed in and said that Iran is years away from having enough nuclear fissile material to make a nuclear weapon. That settled the issue.

... If John Negroponte says Iran is years away from developing a nuclear weapon, you can go to Las Vegas with the bet that Iran will be there by 2007.

Ladies and gentlemen, who are you going to believe -- the head of U.S. intelligence? Or Jerome Corsi, who "received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in political science in 1972 and has written many books and articles, including co-authoring with John O'Neill the No. 1 New York Times best-seller, "Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry," and who wrote the passage above for WorldNetDaily?

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