By Suzanne Kelly http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/02/16/iran-a-threat-to-u-s-on-many-fronts/ February 16, 2012
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday that
The question for the intelligence community remains whether Iran, in particular Supreme Leader Sayyed Ali Khamenei, either already has decided or will decide to pull the trigger when it comes to taking the country's nuclear knowledge and applying it to the actual development of a nuclear weapon.
There are a number of indicators that the intelligence community is looking for that Clapper refused to detail during the public hearing that would indicate that the decision has already been made, and Clapper added that there is no indication yet that the decision has been made.
Under questioning by Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire, Clapper and Burgess verified that
Burgess added that Iranian weapons have been found in Afghanistan, and that Tehran is attempting a "dual-track strategy" in Afghanistan and Iraq - working against U.S. and coalition desires while making efforts to "put forward the government" in both countries.
"They are walking both sides of the fence" said Burgess, who confirmed that it is the intelligence communities' belief that
Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, who co-chairs the committee, listed his own ideas about the Iranian threat during his remarks to open the hearing, noting that
"The rulers in