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Desert Two

Seymour Hersh lifted the veil on covert US missions into Iran for the purpose of reconnoitering WMD sites in preparation for a possible strike.

I don’t know who leaked the info to Hersh, but action should be taken to find out and charges brought. I can’t think of a better way to encourage Iran’s nuclear ambitions than to make that information public.

Hersh should also be punished for his lack of judgment. Exposing abuses at Abu Ghraib is one thing, but publishing information that any idiot can see will sabotage diplomatic efforts to forstall construction of an Iranian nuke is completely irresponsible.

I've criticized President Bush for not taking a more active diplomatic role - offering a couple carrots instead of just sticks to Iran - but I commend him on his efforts to follow a diplomatic track as far as neo-conservative ideology will let him go.

As for the operations themselves, I think it's only prudent that preparations be made for a possible strike against Iran's nuclear facilities. Under no circumstances can Iran be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon. Again, I think President Bush is on the right track with a raid.

Had Hersh uncovered preparations for an invasion, my reaction to his report would be different, but publishing information about covert operations - and probably endangering the lives of operatives and contacts still in-country - is traitorous on the part of whoever leaked the info, and completely irresponsible on Hersh's part.

On a side note, as a connoisseur of political-speak I love how the Pentagon and Whitehouse are denouncing the story without actually denying it. Parse this:

"I don't believe that some of the conclusions he's drawing are based on fact," White House Communications Director Dan Bartlett said.

In any case, watch for the fallout in Europe and the Middle East. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Posted by American Pundit at January 17, 2005 10:20 PM