The Gathering Storm

The New York Times reports on Iran and North Korea’s steady march toward the acquisition of nuclear arsenals: “Diplomacy Fails to Slow Advance of Nuclear Arms.”

American intelligence officials and outside nuclear experts have concluded that the Bush administration’s diplomatic efforts with European and Asian allies have barely slowed the nuclear weapons programs in Iran and North Korea over the past year, and that both have made significant progress.
In a tacit acknowledgment that the diplomatic initiatives with European and Asian allies have failed to curtail the programs, senior administration and intelligence officials say they are seeking ways to step up unspecified covert actions intended, in the words of one official, “to disrupt or delay as long as we can” Iran’s efforts to develop a nuclear weapon.

The Times presents sympathetically the Democrat talking points on Iran and North Korea–it’s all President Bush’s fault:

“The conventional wisdom now is that [North Korea has] completely reprocessed all of it,


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