Is Andrew Paranoid?

We wrote below about Iran’s “Forces of Mohammad” military exercises, in which the Iranian military has unveiled a series of new weapons. Filmmaker Andrew Marcus emails:

As I follow the coverage of the Iranian military maneuvers, I can’t help but reflect upon what Michael Ledeen wrote in NRO on February 17.

Despite this disquieting news, the overall tone of the conversation was upbeat, because the Iranians believe they see many positive developments, above all, the declaration that “it has been promised that by 8 April, we will be in a position to show the entire world that ‘we are members of the club.'” This presumably refers to nuclear weapons. Against this cheery background, the assessment of the Iranian leaders continued…. http://www.nationalreview.com/ledeen/ledeen200602170951.asp

Are we on the precipice of a horrifying new reality to be unveiled as early as this weekend? I can’t find a schedule for the “Forces of Mohammad” military exercise but if it ends on the 8th……

Paranoid in Chicago,
Andrew Marcus

I think it’s reasonable to be paranoid where Iran is concerned. It’s also worth noting that no one really knows how close the Mullahs are to detonating a nuclear bomb. But how can this be? It’s impossible to be wrong about a totalitarian state’s WMD capabilities without “lying,” isn’t it? Is it the liberals’ position that we should act on the most optimistic assumptions about Iran’s capabilities and intentions?

Silly question. They don’t have a position, of course.

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