Yesterday, I ran a comment by a reader criticizing Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers for implying Iran had a nuclear weapon. Another reader writes:
I agree that he’s wrong that anyone is accusing Iran of wanting to assassinate the Saudi guy “with a nuclear bomb”, but you’re jumping on something that, in my mind, was probably more the case of poorly chosen wording (it’s hard to tell whether “with a nuclear bomb” is describing the act of assassination or of the nation directing the assassination) than anything ignorant or irresponsible.
This reader is right. Reviewing the tape – as opposed to the dry transcript – supports the view that this was a syntax problem and that the quote refers to the nation, not the act of assassination. I apologize to readers. Thanks to reader Jesse for the comments.
However, for the record, I repeat, Iran does not possess a nuclear bomb.