by William Greider | the Nation
At the risk of damaging his reputation, I want to say a few words in praise of a New York Times reporter. David Sanger had a very smart piece in Sunday’s “Week in Review” section titled “Suppose We Just Let Iran Have the Bomb.” The President and Vice President continue to hint darkly that “all options” remain on the table until Iran surrenders its nuclear ambitions. Sanger punctured the unilateral bluster and never raised his voice.
That bold article required a reporter with considerable self-confidence–a rare quality these days, when most Washington reporters act like nervous bunny rabbits, always jumping out of the way. Sanger has an advantage. He understands the diplomatic complexities of nuclear proliferation–deeply, soberly–because he has been covering this story for many years. I surmise he has reached that sublime point in a reporter’s career where he knows the subject far better than the passing-through “government officials” he covers.
Despite the “crisis” rumblings, Sanger coolly observes: “Some experts in the United States–mostly outside the administration–have been thinking the unthinkable, or at least the un-discussable: If all other options are worse, could the world learn to live with a nuclear Iran?” …
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Posted Sun Mar 26th, 2006