"After Israel shared its intelligence with the Bush administration in recent months, which included satellite imagery, the United States provided Israel with some confirmation of the original information before Israel went ahead with the night air raid on September 6, the Post reported.
The quality of the Israeli intelligence, the nature of North Korea’s assistance and the seriousness of Syria’s atomic activities remained uncertain, the Post wrote." AFP
I have been thinking this over and I see three possibilities:
1- North Korea and Syria really were dumb enough to do this out in the desert where there are hardly any activities that would "cover" the construction and operation of some sort of nuclear storage or manufacturing facility. I know for a fact that the Syrians are extremely wary of US information collection capabilities and now are equally aware that the Israelis also have similar capabilities. The chance that this activity would be "missed" was virtually nil. But, Syria has done a lot of dumb things in the past.
2 – This strike; the secrecy mumbo-jumbo, the Bush cuteness at the press conference, and the "naughtiness" of Bibi may all be part of an elaborate propaganda campaign. Some propagandist will say that I am a "conspiracy theorist." Nevertheless, governments do these things. Objective? Syria for the Israelis and Iran for us.
3- Israeli civilian and military intelligence may just have screwed up the intelligence analysis on this. Let’s see, how could this have happened? – Someone in Syria sees a few North Koreans, – Someone on the telephone in Damascus implies that the North Koreans are there to do some thing "spooky." – Some other source indicates that the North Koreans in Syria are doing something in northern Syria, – A ship sails from North Korea to a Syrian port, – Reconnaissance photos show some interesting construction work or other activity at the site later bombed. This is briefed to the cabinet who are "deeply troubled" at the implications. It is then briefed to the Americans who look at their own even better snapshots. They White House is then told that "it" is possible. Ah Hah!
That could not happen? You need to read up on how the Iraqi "purchasing mission" to Niger was manufactured out of rumor, spit and a desired outcome.
Which is it? Beats me! I need more data. pl