Friday, December 8, 2006

Israel Has Been Nuclear for Decades

Who knew? And reading this just now on, I wasn't surprised at all. I feel like I knew this already. But did I? Obviously not, since defense secretary-elect Robert Gates, at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday, apparently let the cat out of the bag, breaching a 'don't ask, don't tell' policy which dates back to the 1960s. In his opinion, Iran might be seeking a nuclear weapon because "they are surrounded by powers with nuclear weapons: Pakistan to their east, the Russians to the north, the Israelis to the west and us in the Persian Gulf." This 'open secret' between the United States and Israel, which has existed since the Nixon administration, is seen as "a major irritant for Arabs and Iran, which see a double-standard in U.S. policy in the region," says Dan Williams of Reuters. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied the allegation.

If you're still questioning it after that last statement: next time you're caught in a huge lie, try neither confirming nor denying it.

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