For many Americans, the big story Sunday evening was the New York Giants’ victory over the New England Patriots and Eli Manning’s coronation as one of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks. But for Via Meadia, the real news broke before the game, during Matt Lauer’s interview with President Obama. Asked about the Iranian threat and Israel’s potential response, the president let slip a telling admission: he believes that Iran has a nuclear weapons program. From the interview, as reported in the NY Times:
“I don’t think Israel has made a decision. I think they, like us, believe that Iran has to stand down on its nuclear weapons program,” Mr. Obama said in the interview, broadcast live from the White House. “Until they do, I think Israel rightly is going to be very concerned, and we are as well.”
This is huge news—and the major media have pretty much let it slip. Until this point, the administration has insinuated that certain Iranian nuclear structures are “inconsistent” with a peaceful nuclear program. But like the IAEA and the international press, the White House refused to explicitly accuse the mullahs of building a decidedly non-peaceful nuclear program. Indeed, the Associated Press reported just days ago about the IAEA’s “attempts to investigate suspicions that Iran is secretly working on nuclear weapons.”With yesterday’s slip of the tongue, Obama may have revealed where he and the American intelligence community stand on the issue. If there’s no retraction, it’s a confirmation: the President thinks the mullahs are working on nukes.