Are the US preparing another dubious WMD porfolio?

#1
CNN link

A nuclear reactor in Syria was weeks or months away from being functional when it was bombed by Israel last year, a senior U.S. official told CNN Thursday. "That's what the intelligence suggests," said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the intelligence publicly

AP link

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says North Korea assisted Syria's secret nuclear program and that the reactor bombed by Israel last September was not intended for peaceful purposes. The Syrian nuclear reactor allegedly built with North Korean design help and destroyed last year by Israeli jets was within weeks or months of being functional, a top U.S. official said Thursday. CIA Director Michael Hayden, Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell and National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley briefed lawmakers, who were shown a video presentation of intelligence information that the administration contends establishes a strong link between North Korea's nuclear program and the bombed Syrian site. It included still photographs that showed a strong resemblance between specific features of the plant and the one near Yongbyon.

So has America finally finished its next intelligence portfolio? and where are we going next?
 

Unknown_Quantity

War Hero
Moderator
#4
Given our own record on WMD portfolios and shoddy, politically driven analysis of intelligence I think it would be a bit rich for us Brits to get too upset over this.

Hello kettle this is pot, send colour state, over...
 
#5
Who cares! .. They say jump .. we say how high!

Now just for once, if we said no .. think how much money we could pour into our own soldiers welfare etc..!!

All hail the British Army, Non-stop action since Bosnia!!
 
#6
Alarmingly the Washington spokesman on Newsnight said Syria were not a major power and could be dealt with another time, or words to that effect. That's blatant dictatorship speak IMHO. Dangerous and unlikely to make friends.
 

chimera

LE
Moderator
#7
I think that the Israelis removed the problem before it got out of hand.
 
#8
So, the first threat to world peace and democracy Bush was talking about not long ago is Iran, the second it transpires, -- Syria. How marvelous!
 
#9
sidelineobserver said:


The first of many more images?
Those ones were kicking around from a follow up story on the BBC covering the results of the Isreali attack. Given that the ground was cleared to that state in a matter of 4 - 6 weeks I really doubt that there was a reactor there. Bloody difficult to totally clear that much concrete.
 
#10
MikeMcc said:
Given that the ground was cleared to that state in a matter of 4 - 6 weeks I really doubt that there was a reactor there. Bloody difficult to totally clear that much concrete.
Agreed. Nuclear plants are so expensive as all the major components have to be constructed on site rather than trucked in. You literally need to build foundries on site to build the pipes and vessels.
Now the Syrians could have done what the commies done when Chernobyl went up and pile local "cannon fodder" into the area to clean it up while not knowing the risks. Even still that amount of loose bods cutting about would have been spotted and a nice little picture of it taken.


/Tinfoil hat on

Why are there no pics of the actual clean up op?

/Grabs a beer and heads for the bunker
 
#11
Guess it's time to buy shares in Photoshop?
 

Alsacien

LE
Moderator
#13
Domovoy said:
So, the first threat to world peace and democracy Bush was talking about not long ago is Iran, the second it transpires, -- Syria. How marvelous!
Well its about limiting your carbon footprint and keeping airmiles low. Transporting tanks and other gear is expensive too. North Korea is therefore safe.
This way the US Army can have an extended training exercise starting and finishing in Iraq - the only question is whether to go clockwise or anti-clockwise.
 
#14
You need to watch the movie on the beeb website before running off at the mouth.
The Israelis destroyed the site before the rods were loaded, hence no fall out and a controlled explosion of the site after the raid was followed by massive earth movement over the top which they then built a structure over.
The Syrians claimed it was a disused military complex........which they then re-built!!. I am not saying that the CIA is wont to stretch the truth but it all seems plausible to me.
 
#15
It's election year in the US. President Bush won't want to affect McCain's chances of winning by involving the US military in another potentialy unpopular conflict in the middle east. Especially in a country like Syria that could have an extremely detrimental effect on the situation in Iraq. Gen Petraeus has just been appointed to head up CENTCOM and I can't see him wanting to further stretch his forces.

If the US does decide to do something about the Syrian reactor, then it will be in the form of a nod and a wink to the Israeli's, who would have no compunction about destroying a second Syrian nuclear site. After all, I can't see governments in the US, Tel Aviv or Europe wanting an arab state to have anything nuclear at all.
 
#16
Who cares, the Israelies destroyed it, job done.
 
#17
chimera said:
I think that the Israelis removed the problem before it got out of hand.
I heard the Israeli spokesman being interviewed by John Humphries this morning. All he would say was "We don't comment on that alleged incident FULL STOP." Despite doing his best John Humphries got nothing else out of him.
 
#18
There was no nuclear reactor.

The Syrian economy is hardly in the best shape, and a nuclear programme eats right through a nation's cash.

This is all about reasserting Israeli military dominance after they had their @rses handed to them by Hezbollah, despite what the Israeli official says in the article below - it sticks in their collective craw. Air power cannot hold ground.

A Strike in the Dark
 
#19
The Syrian economy is hardly in the best shape, and a nuclear programme eats right through a nation's cash.
Wot?
You mean like the North Koreans?
 
#20
chimera said:
I think that the Israelis removed the problem before it got out of hand.
Wasn't there an item on the news about the Americans supplying some form of deep penetration weapon to the Israelis? Some time within the last two years, if I remember correctly.

The logical conclusion would be that this operation was planned for some considerable time.
 

Similar threads

New Posts

Latest Threads

Top