My assumptions confirmed on the Israel Iran story
But, maybe more interestingly as I postulated yesterday, I think the bigger story may be that the Israeli exercise may have shown such a strike is likely to be off the table because such an operation would not be successful.
Officials, who declined to be identified given the censorship around Israel's strategic capabilities, said the air force would be unlikely to deliver more than a one-time blow to an Iranian nuclear programme, which international experts believe may require as many as 1,000 strikes to be destroyed.
And, one more, "I was right,"
Asked why the exercise might have been leaked in the United States, the official said only: "There's a lot of brinkmanship."
"US officials" (Bush administration figures) leaked this solely for effect, and it got dutifully and unquestioningly reprinted across the media.The thing is, the Iranians know. They've done their own exercises. The only target for this is the public and the Europeans.
Another shameful media moment. Another "package" delivered unquestioningly on the front page by the NYTimes' Michael Gordon.