Hey guys, got into DC late yesterday for the AIPAC conference. Huge turnout. Should be interesting. Postings will be lighter than usual but action packed ...........stay tuned.
LIVEBLOGGING David Kay
Dr David Kay (Weapons Inspector) is speaking.."Iran has spent he last 20 years understanding the inspection process. They know how to get around the the inspection process." "The Iranians themselves have been inspectors." Essentially we can learn nothing from inspections.
"They [the Iranians}do not do their clandestine work at the sites that are inspected. They have become the world's best deceivers." "They have been lying for 20 years, this not from the US. this is from the IAEA."
"Iranians lie. Everything is a struggle to understand."
"The culture of such institutions within the UN is the trouble they have making moral distinctions.
" "Until you can make those distinctions, weapons [ineffectual or not] are useless." Inspections inevitably produce ambiguous results. You can't throw someone against the wall and say ......"
"The fact is we won't know where Iran is in their nuclear weapons process until they test their nuclear bomb."
"In closing, international inspections can not stop a nation state from producing nuclear weapons if that his intent."
Keynote speaker: John Bolton
"Simply put, there will no destruction of the state of Israel."
"We must use all the tools of our disposal to stop Iran's clear and unrelenting drive to develop nuclear weapons."
"Let me clear, the longer we wait [to take action on Iran's development of nuclear weaponry] the harder it will be to solve. We must not ignore Tehran's refusal to engage the international community."
"Iran in talks [with Russia] doublespeak."
"There are a number of options available, failure to act is not one of them. The security council should note if they fail to act......it will do serious damage to the credibility of the council. Rest assured we are not relying solely on the security council ........"
"may be too soon to begin sanctions but many countries are using such language. They [Iran] must be isolated."
"Iran has long been a rogue state. The largest state sponsor of terror."
"It is surreal to hear the kind of rhetoric [from a nation's leader] that we thought was relegated to the historical dust bin."
"Iran has a far more dangerous foe -- democracy."
The US wishes to reach out t the Iranian people. The US fully supports their aspirations for a free and better future.
Next Keynote up: Ehud Olmert
Breaking for lunch.......I have an interview with John Bolton coming up at 1 pm. Yowser.
Exclusive Bolton interview ....... Wanna know what Mr. Bolton's favorite book is? Yeah the Atlas interview (the only interview Mr. Bolton gave at AIPAC) will be posted later as soon as I can transcribe.
Meanwhile, Zawahri calls for strikes against West and this just in from Zawahri's minister of Propaganda in the West, Iran and Qaeda benefit from US in Iraq: Congressman John Murtha
and the cartoon jihad continues apace Tens of Thousands Rally Against Cartoons
Update: AP's take on Bolton's speech here