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Bush’s Response to NIE

Irancove @ December 4, 2007 # 6 Comments

Months after the NIE was finished, President Bush still gave a speech warning of WWIII with regards to Iran’s nuclear program.  His response to the NIE: “Iran was dangerous, Iran is dangerous and Iran will be dangerous if they have the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon,” Bush said, pointing out that Tehran continues […]

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Mitt Romney Rejects the NIE

Irancove @ December 4, 2007 # 3 Comments

Eunomia makes some good points about Mitt Romney’s response to the NIE: Essentially, Romney’s position is that sanctions have worked, so he concludes that continuing to engage in punitive sanctions is obviously the thing to do.  In other words, Iran should be punished when we think they’re developing nuclear weapons, and Iran should be punished when we know with […]

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Israel Still Unconvinced Iran Has No Nuclear Weapons Program

Irancove @ December 4, 2007 # 7 Comments

Israel—the only country in the region with a stockpile of nuclear weapons—is not convinced by the NIE’s assessment that Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program. While the Americans think Iran has stopped its nuclear weapons program while continuing to enrich uranium as rapidly as it can, Israel thinks that Iran has resumed its […]

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Ray McGovern: Fact-Based Intelligence Prevails on Nukes and Iran

Irancove @ December 4, 2007 # 2 Comments

Ray McGovern via Common Dreams: Apparently, intelligence community analysts are no longer required to produce the faith-based intelligence that brought us the Oct. 1, 2002 NIE “Iraq’s Continuing Program for Weapons of Mass Destruction” — the worst in the history of U.S. intelligence.

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Rudy Adviser Podhoretz Accuses CIA of Lying About NIE to Protect Iran

Irancove @ December 4, 2007 # 3 Comments

After a long span of aggressively pushing the Bush administration to bomb Iran because of its alleged nuclear weapons program, Rudy Giuliani’s radical foreign policy adviser Norman Podhoretz has “dark suspicions” that the CIA fabricated the NIE findings to protect Iran from Bush and Giuliani. (via TPM) I entertain an even darker suspicion. It is […]

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FCC and Media Consolidation

Irancove @ December 4, 2007 # 7 Comments

Source: The Real News, very interesting information about the upcoming media consolidation decision by the FCC.

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Did Iranian Spy Clear Tehran of Nuclear Ambitions?

Irancove @ December 4, 2007 # 2 Comments

Juan Cole has a very interesting post about Ali Reza Asghari—former head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Lebanon—who may have been recruited as a spy by a foreign country (the guess is Turkey). Cole also asks: Some press accounts say that Asghari was able to bring actual documents out with him about Iran’s nuclear […]

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Republican Candidates Ignore NIE Findings

Irancove @ December 4, 2007 # 4 Comments

via NYT:  “For years now, the Islamic Republic of Iran has defied and played games with every international effort aimed at persuading the country to halt enriching uranium,” Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York, said in a statement. “Sanctions and other pressures must be continued and stepped up until Iran complies by […]

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