So you might expect any thinking person, and especially a journalist, to be extremely skeptical about the latest Bush Administration presentation of "intelligence" on the Syrian facility destroyed by Israel back in September. You might expect it, but not NPR. To serve up this latest dish from the White House, NPR turns to Tom Gjelten. Here's just a sample of his hard-hitting skepticism evidenced on Thursday's ATC :
- "...the amazing thing Melissa is that they have photos...that were taken inside the reactor by somebody, a spy presumably..."
- "...photos show definitively that what was being built there was in fact a nuclear reactor."
- "...however they did have a very interesting picture of a senior North Korean official..."
- "...they also said that they could support all of these pictures and the conclusions they drew from them with other evidence."
Update (4/27): Juan Cole (through an informed reader) pokes more holes in the US/Israel case against Syria. In his post he also recommends this Farley article in Counterpunch (which spanks Gjelten and National "Pentagon" Radio).