Sunday mornings I devote to watching the newsy talkies. Sad, but necessary. The terriers get me up by 0730 anyway. Good coffee helps to bolster spirits for the experience. One of the weeklies that I watch is the McLaughlin thing. In spite of the yelling and rudeness, the views of some of these people are worth knowing, if only for the influence they have and the money they spread around among the merely "officed."
Mort Zuckerman is one such. A billionaire press baron on the model of Beaverbrook or the "dirty digger," (a British epithet), Zuckerman never misses a chance to push his world wide agenda.
Today, he said (if I heard right) that the mere possession by Iran of a cascading centrifuge setup for uranium enrichment is "proof" of Iranian intention to produce nuclear weapons.
Now, I am no "nucular" engineer, but if I read the available materials right, it is necessary to enrich uranium somewhat to produce fuel for nuclear electricity plants. A further enrichment is necessary to produce weapons grade enriched uranium.
Iran claims that it wants nuclear generated electricity. There is a plausible case for that. Iran has a lot of gas and oil deposits, but they are not infinite and they are pretty much the country’s only economic resource other than caviar, carpets and pistachio nuts. The Iranians say they want to exchange the petroleum for foreign exchange rather than burn it for electricity.
The IAEA says that they have not found proof of Iranian progress toward nuclear weapons.
Mortimer Zuckerman thinks otherwise.
Does this sound like the Iraq farce to anyone but me? pl