Morning Coffee Break: Google; Tea Party not dead yet; Iran and the bomb – Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Morning coffee becomes lunch time today.

  • Uh-oh, the “right to be forgotten” supercedes the “enquiring minds want to know.”  The European Union passes a rule that allows people to request personal information about themselves be removed from search engines.
  • Republican establishment types are taking notice this morning that the Tea Party is not dead yet.  Midland University president, Ben Sasse, a conservative and pro-gun rights, anti-Obamacare candidate easily cruised to victory in the Nebraska Senate primary.
  • As a result of a foreign policy based upon hashtags and selfies, we’re left with the unresolved issue of Iran and nuclear weapons.  Israel’s assessment is that Iran possesses enough enriched uranium to make five bombs.  The US’ James Clapper and the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency agrees.  However, this is where the company parts:

“In January, James Clapper, the director of US national intelligence, agreed with Israel’s assessment. In testimony before the Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence Clapper said that Iran is already a nuclear breakout state. In his words, “Tehran has made technical progress in a number of areas – including uranium enrichment, nuclear reactors and ballistic missiles – from which it could draw if it decided to build missile- deliverable nuclear weapons.”

Clapper argued that this doesn’t matter because the US’s monitoring capabilities are so trustworthy and advanced that Iran wouldn’t be able to put nuclear weapons together without the US noticing.

Unfortunately there is no reason to believe Clapper is right. Indeed, Netanyahu said as much to US National Security Advisor Susan Rice when she repeated Clapper’s claim during her visit to Israel last week.

And the UN agrees with Netanyahu.”

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