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 some confidence that they aren’t. Apparently, Iran should always be punished. That pretty well sums up Romney’s views. You can imagine that he would say the same thing if Iran gave up the fuel cycle all together: “They might start up a program in the future, so they’re still a threat, if only in my mind.”
ROMNEY: My perspective on matters of importance is that you don’t look for a homogenized view. You look for people who have different perspectives and you want to listen to the debate between them and see the basis of their thinking.
In short, he will listen to more accurate information as well as listening to nonsense as if they were equally valid sources.
Irancove @ December 4, 2007