CIA Claims Syrian Nuclear Facility Aided By Foreign Ally

The destruction of a suspected Syrian nuclear facility last year apparently entailed cooperation between the United States and “foreign partners.” The statement of CIA Director General Michael Hayden only added to the confusion surrounding the bombing of the Syrian plants. Israel claimed credit for the bombing but according to Hayden, “our foreign partnerships… were critical to the final outcome.” Is the CIA director claiming that the United States played a role in the bombing or is he saying the CIA identified the facility and asked Israel to carry out the bombing. Hayden boasted, “we were able last year to soil a big secret, a project that cold have provided Syria with plutonium for nuclear weapons.”

The assumption behind Hayden proclaiming to the world that the United States played a role in bombing a plant located in a neutral nation is somehow this will serve American foreign policy goals. Perhaps, he can explain, exactly how?