Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Hillary Clinton Knows Things

Recently Hillary Clinton said the following regarding Iran.

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"We know very well what we inherited with Iran. We know how far its nuclear program has advanced," she said in remarks released by her aides.


Now here is what the 2007 NIE (National Intelligence Estimate), which is made up of 16 American spy agencies, said regarding Iran and its nuclear program.

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Key Judgments
A. We judge with high confidence that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program; we also assess with moderate-to-high confidence that Tehran at a minimum is keeping open the option to develop nuclear weapons. We judge with high confidence that the halt, and Tehran’s announcement of its decision to suspend its declared uranium enrichment program and sign an Additional Protocol to its Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Safeguards Agreement, was directed primarily in response to increasing international scrutiny and pressure resulting from exposure of Iran’s previously undeclared nuclear work.


Since Clinton is surely aware of the NIE of 2007 she can say with some confidence“we” know how far its nuclear program has advanced which is to say not at all. But of course that is not what Hillary is implying here. But at the same time you cannot actually accuse her of lying through her teeth because she never really says how far its nuclear weapons program has progressed. Ah, the benefits of being vague.

3 Comments:

At July 17, 2009 10:20 PM, Blogger Charles F. Oxtrot said...

The below won't help us better understand what (other than greed and powerlust) motivates Hillary Clinton on this particular issue, but it needs to be said mainly because Clinton's such an absurd character and the respect accorded her by anyone is even more absurd!

...anyway...

In Monty Python and the Holy Grail there is a scene with some shorter characters who want the questors to "bring them a shrubbery." The name of these diminutive people?

The Knights who say

NIE!

 
At July 18, 2009 1:34 AM, Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

CFO, re HRC, this gem from the apparently defunct Ayn Clouter blog might interest you:

"Th' devil & Hill'ry Rod'am"

 
At July 18, 2009 8:51 AM, Blogger Charles F. Oxtrot said...

hah! that was funny! thanks Jonathan.

 

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