Monday, July 05, 2004

DefenseLINK News: Peter Flory A Man of Character

DefenseLINK News: U.S. Wary Of Iran's Nuclear Program, House Panel Told:

Peter Flory is a man to watch. He is known as a "A Man of Character". However he certainly was off base on his recent testimony to a House Panel. Maybe he needs to ask his sources why Shia Iran is backing Sunni Ansar al-Islam? Flory does not seem like the sort of fellow who would buy into the Likudnik Paranoia that his boss Wolfowitz thrieves upon. Maybe he just relied on bad sources. Still, he should know better. JBOC

"Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Peter Flory, who accompanied Bolton at the hearing, noted that Iranian procurement of nuclear weapons would 'mark a dramatic change for the worse in the security landscape of the Persian Gulf and the broader Middle East.'
A nuclear-armed Iran, Flory pointed out, would threaten American allies in the Persian Gulf-Middle East region as well as U.S. forces.
In the post-9/11 world, 'nothing is unthinkable,' Flory emphasized, including the possibility of a nuclear-armed Iran exporting nuclear technology to other enemies of the United States. 'Flory pointed out that Iran is supporting the Sunni Muslim extremist group Ansar al-Islam in Iraq. "

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