29 April 2008

Pay me now... or pay me later

-- Pop Quiz -- What's flat, black and glows in the dark?

-- Answer -- It sure as shit ain't gonna be Tel-Aviv.

-- Iran -- The sprawling site, known as Natanz, made headlines recently because Iran is testing a new generation of centrifuges there that spin faster and, in theory, can more rapidly turn natural uranium into fuel for reactors or nuclear arms.

Iran is slowly but steadily gaining the industrial experience needed to make reactor fuel, or, with the same equipment and a little more effort, bomb fuel — the hardest part of the weapons equation.

American intelligence agencies say the earliest Iran could make a nuclear weapon is 2009, but consider 2010 to 2015 a more likely time frame.
Now, you'd think... especially in light of the recent Israeli air raid on the Syrian nuclear reactor... these guys would wanna keep their heads down... but apparently, like a bunch of 7 year-olds with a new video game, they just have to brag it up.
“This is intel to die for,” Andreas Persbo, an analyst in London at the Verification Research, Training and Information Center, a private group that promotes arms control, said in a comment on the blog site Arms Control Wonk.

Dr. Wood of the University of Virginia said the episode smelled of hubris. “It was amazing to me that they put the pictures out there,” he said.

“It’s sort of a cocky thing. I would think they had more to gain by keeping their cards close to their chests.”
Live and don't learn... the story of the Middle-East.