Iran might be in the midst of another revolution or not, but one thing’s certain: the Obama administration is going to persist in referring to an active Iranian nuclear weapons program that its own intelligence agencies say doesn’t exist.
Speaking to reporters today on Air Force One, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs declared that the U.S. government’s “concerns” about Iran aren’t any different than they were before the election fiasco:
Obviously we continue to have concern about what we’ve seen. Obviously the Iranians are looking into this, as well. We continue to be heartened by the enthusiasm of young people in Iran.
But I think what’s important is the concerns that we have about their nuclear weapons program, and the concern we have about their support for terror isn’t any different than it was on Friday.
It should be noted that Iran vehemently denies have any desire for a nuclear weapons program, and the latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency report on Iran (pdf) states that “the Agency continues to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material in Iran.” Admiral Dennis Blair, President Obama’s director of national intelligence, also testified under oath earlier this year that Iran neither has the highly enriched uranium needed to make a nuke nor has its leadership made the decision to pursue nuclear weapons.
Still, Gibbs, following the lead of Obama and Secretary of State Clinton, continues to refer to an active Iranian “nuclear weapons program”, a distortion of intelligence worthy of Dick Cheney. So far no reporters have called him on it.