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On Friday press spokesman Jay Carney told the media (and the Israelis) that the U.S. “would know if and when Iran made” a decision to build a weapon. “We have eyes–we have visibility into the program, and we would know if and when Iran made what’s called a breakout move towards acquiring a weapon.” Carney’s unnecessary elaboration of United States intelligence capabilities vis-à-vis Iran caused the intel community to go ballistic for a second time in two days. If there is one thing that an intelligence organization never does it is to reveal what it can and cannot do. ››read more
Under the UN Charter, neither Israel nor the US would have a legal right to preemptively launch a military attack on Iran. Do we want a world in which leaders are free to launch military attacks on other countries simply on an assumption of hostile intent and military capacity? ››read more
If the Administration really wanted to help, it would "fast track" a general OFAC license for humanitarian help by NGOs and individuals, identify approved banking channels, and allow participation of pertinent Iranian agencies like the Red Lion and Sun. As it is, your memo may serve some political purpose, but has no real value for those suffering in Iran and not able to wait two months for approval of an OFAC license. ››read more
Editor's note: Dr David Laylin is the Senior Advisor at the Centre for the Study of Islam and the Middle East (CSIME).