The whole story is turing out to possibly be one huge crock of crap. And yet there are people who still think that we should talk with these abject liars… What’s the point? They will not negotiate in good faith. Plain and simple.
This in from Drudge:
IRAN MISSILE TEST BLUFF: OLD ROCKETS, BOGUS VIDEO
Fri Jul 11 2008 15:18:02 ET
Many of Iran’s claims related to missile tests during “Great Prophet III” war games — appear to be smoke and mirrors!
The missiles tested DID NOT not have 2,000-kilometer range, the NEW YORK TIMES is planning to report on Saturday.
Iran DID NOT launch a Shahab-3 missile, able to reach Israel.
It was an older missile that was out of production, newsroom sources tell DRUDGE.
And a video showing what appeared to be many missiles being fired — is actually one missile, filmed from different angles!
NYT’s Bill Broad is planning to quote military insiders.
This shouldn’t be a surprise – but it makes you wonder – what every happened to investigative journalism? The fact that the free press in the world thinks anything from Iran is not propaganda…
Update: It’s official – the whole thing was a bunch of crap. Here’s the full official report. (excerpt below)
WASHINGTON – Iran’s missile test this week did not demonstrate any new capabilities, according to a U.S. official familiar with the intelligence, and the test may not have included one of the longer-range missiles Iran claims was among those launched.
Iranian officials claimed the tests Wednesday and Thursday demonstrated a new variant of the Shahab missile that had a range of 1,250 miles. Such a missile would put much of the Middle East in striking distance, including Israel — as close as 650 miles from Iran — as well as Turkey, Pakistan and the Arabian peninsula.
The tests drew immediate criticism from U.S. officials. In Eastern Europe during the launches, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the missile tests underscored the need for a U.S. missile shield in the region.
But an independent national security blog, ArmsControlWonk.com, Thursday analyzed video footage of the launch posted by the Iranian government. It determined the missiles were identical to a version of the Shahab missile first demonstrated in Iran in 1998 that has a known range of 746 miles.
In a post called “Same old Boring Shahab 3,” it compared the diameter of the missile to its length and found it to be identical to the 1998 version.
Unless the Iranians built a larger missile with the same length to width ratio, dramatically improved the thrust of the rocket or decreased its internal structural mass, the missile could not achieve the range Iran claimed it did. Otherwise, it is the same knockoff of North Korea‘s Nodong-1, according to the blog.
If Mahmoud wants to sit down and chit chat with the President and other world leaders, perhaps he should start giving us some shard of evidence that he isn’t simply a blatant liar and propagandist. Otherwise – what’s the point?