You can have Iran and nukes — as the Rand Corporation this week claimed that Iran was only two months away from The Bomb, in a story picked up and spread far and wee by the National Post (and others of its ilk). You can have Iran and reality — as Seymour Hersh (in the New Yorker), Meir Dagan (former head of Israeli Mossad) and Aviv Kochavi (head of Israeli military intelligence) all examine the Iranian nuclear program, and find no nukes planned. Or you can have nukes and reality — as Juan Cole’s excellent Informed Comment places the Iranian weapons-of-mass-destruction fear-mongering in the context of the one real nuclear power in the Middle East, Israel. But however you strain and twist, there’s no story that has all three elements.

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