Posted by Joshua on Monday, November 5th, 2007
Jackson Diehl, deputy editorial editor at the Washington Post, in his article, All Still Quiet on the Syria Bombing, praises the US and Israel for the restraint they have so far shown in not bragging about bombing Syria on Sept 6 that Diehl calls "that remarkable event — which was both an audacious act of preemption and a revelation of an apparent Syrian bomb program."
Diehl's purpose in the article is to support Reps. Peter Hoekstra and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who demanded in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed that "every member of Congress be briefed on this incident, and as soon as possible." The two republican House members are ranking minority members on the intelligence and Foreign Affairs committees and famous for their partisan politics.
Beneath all the neocon spin and posturing, however, Diehl is warning that if US politicians don't start spinning now, they may be blind sided by Mohamed ElBaradei of the International Atomic Energy Agency, who Diehl calls "its freelancing director." Diehl warns:
So far the Bush administration has refused to cooperate with ElBaradei, who has all but openly sided with Iran in its attempt to deflect U.N. orders to freeze its uranium enrichment. Having debunked U.S. claims about a reborn Iraqi nuclear program in early 2003, ElBaradei would be certain to seize on any ambiguities in the Israeli and U.S. evidence about the Syrian reactor. If he raised doubts that the project was intended to produce plutonium, both Olmert and the Bush administration would be damaged.
Diehl does not blush or pause before berating Baradei for "dubunking US claims about a reborn Iraqi nuclear program in early 2003."
This one line says it all. Diehl is blind and unable to learn from past mistakes. That is why he tries to discredit Baradei before he visits Syria and before he can "damage the Olmert and Bush administrations" by "raising doubts that the project was intended to produce plutonium." Had Washington been willing to listen to Baradei in 2003, the US would have been spared untold damage to its prestige and soldiers. Diehl is not perturbed by the notion of hurting America; he only worries about hurting the Olmert and Bush administrations.