Jeff Goldberg now:
I AM NOT ENGAGING in a thought exercise, or a one-man war game, when I discuss the plausibility and potential consequences of an Israeli strike on Iran. Israel has twice before successfully attacked and destroyed an enemy’s nuclear program. In 1981, Israeli warplanes bombed the Iraqi reactor at Osirak, halting—forever, as it turned out—Saddam Hussein’s nuclear ambitions; and in 2007, Israeli planes destroyed a North Korean–built reactor in Syria. An attack on Iran, then, would be unprecedented only in scope and complexity.
Jeff Goldberg in 2002:
Saddam Hussein never gave up his hope of turning Iraq into a nuclear power. After the Osirak attack, he rebuilt, redoubled his efforts, and dispersed his facilities.
Now, this isn’t just a matter of Goldberg now admitting he was wrong about WMD, it is widely believed that Iraq was actively pursuing a nuclear program as late as 1991.
But, hey, Goldberg’s a thoughtful guy and only an anti-Semite would say he’s promoting the bombing of Iran by saying Israel will do it anyway and encouraging Chris Hitchens to yak about how the Iranian regime should be overthrown.