The 20 megaton news quiz, answered

class=img_thumbleft>Having been chased out of the New York Times with a pillowcase full of severance money to salve her wounded pride, Judith "The Phantom Menace" Miller has reappeared in... yes, the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal. Her calling card, I believe, would be the unnamed "experts" and "analysts" who believe that Libya was on its way to becoming the next nuclear superpower. Her piece, quoted below, comes from the May 16th edition.

Many analysts no longer doubted that Libya could have made a bomb, eventually, if the program had not been stopped and it had found a way to supplement its limited technical expertise. Though most of the rotors for the centrifuges were initially missing (many turned up months later on a ship near South Africa) experts said that had the centrifuges been properly assembled in cascades--always dicey in a technologically challenged state--Libya could have produced enough fuel to make as many as 10 nuclear warheads a year.

Miller, it seems, has accepted Lewis Libby's invitation to "come back to work--and life." Can we expect to see the reporter uncovering an anthrax program in Tehran? A sarin factory in Caracas? A gas station in suburban Ottawa?

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