30 June 2012

Uncommon Commentary #275: Didn't Obama Feel Guilty, Setting His Fellow Worms to Work?

I do not normally read the Washington Post, but the 19 June edition included an interesting (though deeply flawed) article about the electronic "worms" and "viruses" that the US and Israeli governments have unleashed upon Iran's nuclear-weapons program.  I shall here save you from having to read a piece that refers to the United States of America merely as "the United States" and uses illegitimate prefixes like "cyber", by relating the most salient of the article's revelations: According to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the purpose of the collaborative effort (which, it is divulged, began under George W. Bush rather than Obama) was not to end Iran's quest for nuclear arms but merely to prolong it, so as to "reduce the pressure for a conventional military attack, and extend the timetable for diplomacy and sanctions."  Thus, the hypocrite who excoriated his predecessor for not "engaging" Iran turns out to have continued that predecessor's electronic-warfare program against that country, at the same time that he was proffering his "open hand" to Ahmadinejad; worse, the assault on Iran's computers, the fact of which almost unquestionably was leaked to President Yo'Mama's (see the lsit of domanisms) beloved New York Times for the sake of portraying him as a tough guy, was intended only to postpone the "rogue" state's acquisition of atomic ordnance for how long:—until after this year's US presidential election?