"The NIE then highlights, without altering, the underlying issue: At what point would the nations that have described an Iranian military nuclear program as "unacceptable" agree to act on that conviction? Do they wait until Iran starts producing nuclear warheads? Does our intelligence assume that we will know this threshold? Is there then enough time for meaningful countermeasures? What happens to the growing stock of fissile material that, according to the estimate, will have been accumulated? Do we run the risk of finding ourselves with an adversary that, in the end, agrees to stop further production of fissile material but insists on retaining the existing stockpile as a potential threat? " Kissinger
Henry the "K" has (until now) managed to disguise his relationship to the neocon Jacobins who seek the "perfection of mankind" through political scheming and open warfare. Through the skillful use of avuncular editorials, oracular rumblings and throaty interviews on the Sunday Morning Newsies, he has somehow managed to seem aloof from the policy driven view of "reality engineering" that has been the hallmark of the neocon influence on history.
His regular consulting sessions at the White House and the intimate and profitable links of "Kissinger and Associates" to the Bush Administration never quite managed to damage Kissinger’s image as an elder statesman seeking to "right" the ship of state as a "disinterested" man. Not even the massive and colossal screw-ups of his friend and protege Paul Bremer dimmed HK’s star.
This op-ed published on the neocon dominated editorial page of the Washington Post changes that. In this piece Kissinger comes out of the closet far enough to directly challenge the "right" of the National Intelligence Council (NIC) to make judgments inconvenient to the policy desires of the Administration of the moment.
In this piece Kissinger insists that he (and his friends) know best what is important (and dangerous) in Iran’s nuclear program. He insists that the mere enrichment of uranium is the most dangerous part of such a program. He denigrates the focus of the NIE on actual weapon and warhead research and production, claiming that such prodigies of engineering could be achieved with relative ease once the all-important store of enriched uranium is obtained.
In this process of reasoning, Kissinger ignores the fact that uranium enrichment is also necessary to produce fuel needed to have a large number of atomic electric plants. The difference in the two kinds of enrichment is that weapons production requires a much higher percentage of enrichment. The difference is detectable and so far the IAEA has not detected any efforts to produce weapons grade enriched fuel.
Kissinger’s anger at the "interference" of the spooks in the image building campaign conducted against Iran is palpable. He is revealed as an ally of the AEI fantasists and their friends in the White House. His "crocodile tears" over the poor, misguided souls in the intelligence community are not merely laughable. They are, in fact, symptomatic of a great mind which has lost its own way. pl