I absolutely love this story. I think that the Stuxnet worm that has shut down Iran’s nuclear facility at Natanz is one of the most intriguing and brilliant counter terrorist moves anyone has ever pulled off. I may be a little over the top with praise but I am so impressed by this whole operation that I just can’t contain my enthusiasm. The best part of this whole story is that it was a joint US/Israeli operation (just like the good old days) tested and perfected at Israel’s own nuclear facility in Dimona and greenlighted by George Bush (and followed through and expedited by Obama). I can’t even imagine the brainpower involved in developing and delivering this very complex worm. It’s a worm that had one mission and it did it’s job almost perfectly ( a few glitches…but it got the job done). In the words of the great George W. Bush…mission accomplished.
The project’s political origins can be found in the last months of the Bush administration. In January 2009, The New York Times reported that Mr. Bush authorized a covert program to undermine the electrical and computer systems around Natanz, Iran’s major enrichment center. President Obama, first briefed on the program even before taking office, sped it up, according to officials familiar with the administration’s Iran strategy. So did the Israelis, other officials said.
Now…I can’t wait to see the movie…..and you can bet that there will be a movie. It’s the perfect Hollywood spy thriller. Simply brilliant.
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