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Reading the NIE in Tehran

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Farideh Farhi has the reaction of the NIE from the Iranian POV.

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CNN postpones nuclear Iran special

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Variety reports on how the new Iran intel caused CNN’s speculative documentary—set partially in the future—about a nuclear armed Iran to be postponed. HOLLYWOOD — The latest National Intelligence Estimate concluding that Iran discontinued its nuclear weapons program four years ago has claimed one casualty: CNN has postponed speculative documentary “We Were Warned — Iran […]

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Wash. Post and NY Times ignored Hadley’s claim and denial that Bush was told to “stand down” upon learning of Iran intel

Irancove @ December 6, 2007 # 6 Comments

via Media Matters—read the whole report. During his December 3 press conference regarding the recently released National Intelligence Estimate’s (NIE) conclusion that Iran halted its nuclear program in late 2003, National Security Adviser Stephen J. Hadley said that when the intelligence community first informed President Bush that there was new information on Iran’s nuclear program […]

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The Zero-Sum Fiasco

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A very interesting essay by Dilip Hiro at

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Is the NIE a blessing in disguise for Israel?

Irancove @ December 6, 2007 # 8 Comments

A very interesting analysis by Trita Parsi of the possible implications of the NIE for Israel: WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (IPS) – The U.S. National Intelligence Estimate’s assertion that Iran currently does not have a nuclear weapons programme has caused much frustration in Israel. Deputy Defence Minister Ephraim Sneh referred to the report as a lie […]

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Victor Davis Hanson forgets he wanted to bomb Iran

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Victor Davis Hanson—Hoover Institution senior fellow and recipient of National Humanities Medal by President Bush—on 8/13/2007: “We really need to start doing some things beyond talking, and if that is going into Iranian airspace, or buzzing Iranians, or even starting to forget where the border is and taking out some of these training camps.” Victor […]

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3 out of 4 primetime shows on Fox ignored NIE

Irancove @ December 6, 2007 # 5 Comments

via Think Progress: Early Monday afternoon, the Bush administration released a new National Intelligence Estimate revealing that Iran had halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003. Though the blockbuster revelation was featured prominently that night in all three network newscasts, it was all but ignored on Fox News. Steve Benen reports that on Monday night, […]

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The Myth of the Mad Mullahs

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David Ignatius argues: In the entryway of “Persia House,” as the CIA‘s new Iran operations division is known internally, hangs a haunting life-size poster of Hussein, the martyr revered by Iran’s Shiite Muslims. The division was created last year to push more aggressively for information about Iran’s nuclear program and other secrets. Creating Persia House […]

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Was Bush behind the NIE report?

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Robert Baer argues that while President Bush will continue to talk tough, he gave the greenlight for the NIE release to get out of bombing Iran—which he was being pressured to do by administration hardliners. But there is also no doubt that the Bush White House was behind this NIE. While the 16 intelligence agencies […]

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Jim Lobe on Iran NIE

Irancove @ December 6, 2007 # 3 Comments

Read Jim Lobe’s excellent account of the Iran intel—excerpt below: What I think is particularly remarkable about the NIE — aside from its conclusions and willingness to virtually repudiate the main conclusions of the 2005 NIE (a reflection no doubt — in addition to new intelligence and analysis — of the political space created by […]

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White House changes official Iran NIE story

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Dana Perino gives a revised explanation of events.

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