The commentariat and many politicians have been unhappy about the prospect of war with Iran, while almost universally they have repeated the mantra that "Of course there is a problem with Iran getting nuclear weapons," somewhat similar to the mantras about social security being "in crisis" that are also widely repeated. I have for some time denied that there was an Iranians nuclear weapons program, on this blog, on Maxspeak, and in comments elsewhere, often to derision and skepticism.
The reason for my argument I learned from Juan Cole, something barely reported on in the US media, and usually to immediately stated skeptical addenda. This was that on August 9, 2005, Head of State, Supreme Jurisprudent and leader of Iranian Shi'i Muslims, and Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian military, Ayatollah Ali Khamene'i, issued a fatwa against nuclear weapons, while supporting a civilian nuclear power program. People who claimed that President Ahmadinejad was in charge were warmongering hysterics, ignorant of their real relationship, and that Ahmadinejad's party got whomped in the last local elections. Although the US media and politicians did not do so, this fatwa was and is to be taken seriously, and it is now clear that it was issued in the wake of the late 2003 cessation of what had been an active nuclear weapons program, almost certainly to cement in that decision.