Okay, I stole the headline from Israelinsider's quote of a US official. But it was too perfect not to plagiarize, uh, borrow. This is the story itself, below:
Iran's attempt to launch a dummy satellite into orbit earlier this week was a "dramatic failure" that fell far short of the country's assertions of success, Reuters quoted a US official as saying on Tuesday.
"The attempted launch failed," the official said. "The vehicle failed shortly after liftoff and in no way reached its intended position. It could be characterized as a 'dramatic failure.'"
On Sunday, Iran said it had put a dummy satellite into orbit on a home-grown rocket for the first time, using a technology that could also be used for launching weapons. Iranian television showed the rocket on its launch pad, but did not show the actual lift-off. "The failed launch shows that the purported Iranian space program is in its nascent stages at best - they have a long way to go," the US official said.
Satellites, nukes, missiles -- is the entire Corps Diplomatique unable to connect the dots here?