Last night I watched the C-SPAN: U.S. Senate Committee Select Intelligence Threats to U.S. National Security session, on TV. The program description is shown next:
The nation’s top intelligence leaders testified at an annual hearing about security threats facing the nation at home and abroad. Among the issues they discussed were al-Qaida, Iran, Pakistan, and cyber threats. This session lasted 2 hours and 29 minutes.
Over ten years after 9/11, sometimes the very agencies charged with the nation’s defense (domestic, intelligence, military) still don’t always know at the onset, if a developing situation requires their lead.
The consensus of the many witnesses is that to-date, the sanctions against Iran have not changed that nation’s efforts to acquire a nuclear weapon.
From the CNN January 31, 2012 web article, Iran nuclear program stokes US concern:
“When asked by Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, what would be the “red line” for Iran to cross to trigger a more forceful U.S. response, Clapper said, “enrichment of uranium to a 90 percent level would be a pretty good indicator of their seriousness.” Clapper added there were “some other things” Iran would need to do, but did not elaborate.
CIA Director David Petraeus agreed further enrichment would be a “telltale indicator.” “