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The Nuclear Jihadist

Tuesday, February 12, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Today’s program is devoted entirely to the a story of A.Q. Khan, as told by Douglas Franz and Catherine Collins in their riveting new book, The Nuclear Jihadist: The True Story of the Man Who Sold the World’s Most Dangerous Secrets…And How We Could Have Stopped Him.

After reading this extraordinary work of investigative journalism –done by MSMers, btw– it is simply impossible to understand how our nation’s intelligence agencies could have allowed the NIE concerning Iran’s nuclear ambitions to have been produced in such a fashion as to allay fears rather than underscore the threat. Khan’s dealings with Iran, like those he had with Libya and North Korea and who knows who else, are deeply alarming if only dimly understood outside of professional proliferation circles. We have to assume that the road traveled by Pakistan under Khan’s expert direction is the same road Iran is on, with a sudden breakout to weaponry just as inevitable as Pakistan’s and India’s before it unless action is taken and very soon to stop the enrichment programs.

Iran’s ambitions and programs ought to be the centerpiece of Senator McCain’s campaign for the presidency, and new media should be forcing old media to pay attention to this crisis on our near horizon.

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