Myths vs. Facts

Congress races to distort facts and kill Iran opening

AAt the UN this week, the world saw a very different exchange between the U.S. and Iran than in the past years. Iranian President Rouhani declared that Iran does not seek nuclear weapons and seeks to remove “mutual uncertainties with full transparency,” saying Iran “does not seek to increase tensions with the United States.” President Obama...

Fact checking your elected officials actually works

It always irks me when I hear someone refer to “Iran’s nuclear weapons program” as if it were some foregone conclusion that such a program even exists.  From what we usually hear in the media, you would think the entire international community somehow discovered Iranian scientists in white lab coats secretly assembling missiles with nuclear...

No, Iran is not enriching uranium to weapons grade

While Iran is producing low enriched uranium (LEU) at the 3.5% and 20% levels, it is not producing high enriched uranium (HEU) and is not enriching to weapons grade, widely considered to be 90%. On March 12, 2013 Senator Chuck Schumer, in a letter to his constituents, sought to defend his decision to support S.RES...

Would a nuclear Iran pose an existential threat to the United States?

 Would a nuclear Iran pose an existential threat to the United States? Fact: Iran does not have the capability, nor is it approaching the capability, to pose an “existential threat” to the United States.   During the January 13, 2013, confirmation hearing considering the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense, Senator...

Does Iran have fissile material for five nuclear weapons?

“When Barack Obama was elected, they had enough fissile material, nuclear material, to make one bomb. Now they have enough to make five.  They’re racing toward a nuclear weapon.” – Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Paul Ryan, October 11, 2012. Fact: Iran does not have any fissile nuclear material that could be used in a nuclear...

Are sanctions on Iran targeted at the Iranian regime and nuclear program?

Fact:  While many sanctions measures are at least nominally aimed at the Iranian government and its nuclear program, the sanctions on Iran are deeply affecting the Iranian people.

Is an Iranian nuclear weapon imminent?

Fact: An Iranian nuclear weapon is not imminent.  U.S. and Israeli intelligence assess that Iran is not actively building a bomb, and that it would take Iran at least two to three years to have a deliverable weapon.

Do Israelis Want War with Iran?

Fact: The majority of Israelis oppose an Israeli attack on Iran without U.S. backing, and many Israeli intelligence, military, and political officials have spoken out against an Israeli attack.

Does Israel Consider Iran an “Existential Threat”?

Fact: While many media outlets and politicians often state that Iran is an “existential threat” to Israel, many senior Israeli defense officials argue this simply isn’t true.

Do Israel and the U.S. Consider Iran Irrational?

Fact: Top Israeli and U.S. officials agree Iran is a rational actor.

Has Iran Threatened to Use Nuclear Weapons against Israel and the U.S.?

Fact: Iran has never threatened to use nuclear weapons.

Did the IAEA Say Iran is Building Nuclear Weapons?

Fact: The IAEA has never determined that Iran is building nuclear weapons.

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