Monday, September 28, 2009

2007 National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) Discredited at Last

Ron Rosenbaum blurts out the ugly truth about a piece of disinformation that the leftist media used to clobber the Bush Administration with:

"Will all the pundits who relied on the discredited 2007 NIE on Iran now admit that they were wrong? That they bought into and kept citing, without any serious questioning, the now clearly politically skewed analysis in the so-called National Intelligence Estimate of that year? You remember: the considered consensus wisdom of the entire U.S. intelligence community, which misled the world into believing there was nothing to worry about Iran’s nuclear program, that it had virtually ceased. When, in fact, out of the three components of a nuclear weapons program, at most one might have been suspended, if that.

"Will the congressional intelligence committees demand to know how such a deliberately misleading report was being leaked and fed to the public by half-baked pundits even after (we now learn) they knew that some part of the “intelligence community” knew — before the the NIE was issued — about the secret nuclear fuel facility we’re now reading about? ..."

Not everyone in the "intelligence community" supported this particular NIE. I, for one, suspected all along that it was a thinly disguised political tract, and that Iran had never abandoned its nuclear ambitions.

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