In a written statement, Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said the United States informed him Thursday that it believes the Syrian facility was a nuclear reactor.
"The director general deplores the fact that this information was not provided to the agency in a timely manner, in accordance with the agency's responsibilities under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), to enable it to verify its veracity and establish the facts," ElBaradei wrote, noting the IAEA was responsible for verifying allegations of a country's pursuit of nuclear weapons.
"The director general views the unilateral use of force by Israel as undermining the due process of verification that is at the heart of the non-proliferation regime."
Translation: You didn't give us time to tip off the Syrians so they could hide everything, then let us bumble in and claim there was never anything there.
Seriously. Why does the IAEA, who was wrong on Iraq, wrong on Iran, wrong on North Korea, and wrong on Pakistan, think anyone but itself should take it seriously any more? Even if they could do anything, it's not like they would -- unless the country they're investigating is the United States.