After all this time, what have we learned? Not much, apparently... The Post reports that Colin Powell's recent information on Iran comes from a single, unvetted source who "walked in" from God knows where (and presumably "walked out" with wads of cash.
Secretary of State Colin L. Powell shared information with reporters Wednesday about Iran's nuclear program that was classified and based on an unvetted, single source who provided information that two U.S. officials said yesterday was highly significant if true but has not yet been verified.After the Iraq WMD fiasco, as David Kay suggests, it's going to be a little harder to convince people to invade Iran:
"U.S. intelligence capability to warn -- and the secretary of state's capability to warn -- about weapons programs has been seriously impeded by the false warnings given about Iraq.Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Hussein Moussavian, puts it all in perspective:
"This intelligence seems to be based on dissident groups," he continued. "In the case of Iraq, dissident groups fed us misinformation. And then finally, the (International Atomic Energy Agency's) own capability in Iran is seriously in question. For 15 years they missed a program. So you can say it's likely, but it's going to be very hard to convince the Europeans and others that that is what is happening."
"This allegation is timed to coincide with the next meeting of the board of governors of the IAEA. And every time just before the meeting there are these kind of allegations either from the United States or terrorist groups. And every time these allegations have proven to be false."