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Behind the Annapolis Meet And the Iran NIE Shock
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Any fundamental shift in Bush Administration policy towards Iran, even at this late date, hinges on the removal of Vice President Cheney from office, now. As the neocon uproar shows, the war party is smarting from a pair of significant setbacks; but they are not about to give up on their confrontation agenda—unless and until their man at the White House is removed from the scene.
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Bush’s Lame-Duck Presidency Waddles into Farce
Saturday, December 15, 2007
The cover story for the recently released NIE on Iran, with its U-turn on previous assessments, is that new information suddenly became available.
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Get Tehran inside the Tent
Saturday, December 15, 2007
The recently released National Intelligence Estimate undermines the Bush administration’s assertion that Iran is seeking immediate acquisition of the bomb for aggressive purposes.
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Iran must be Included in Peace Talks
Saturday, December 15, 2007
In light of the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran released last week, the Bush administration's choice to exclude Iran from the Annapolis meeting in late November looks all the more foolhardy.
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No Change
Saturday, December 15, 2007
The NIE presents no new evidence to dramatically tilt this debate. It finds that Iran stopped the unambiguously military elements of its nuclear program (the parts focused on converting nuclear material into a nuclear weapon) in 2003 as a response to pressure from the West. The administration has taken that as evidence that tightening the screws on Tehran even more might get it to give up its remaining nuclear efforts, too.
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Ties on Iran's Nuclear Program Loosen
Saturday, December 15, 2007
It's a tough pill for Washington and its European allies to swallow, yet the fact that the new US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) warrants a considerable revision of Western strategy toward Iran's nuclear program is inescapable and, already, new cracks in the previously rigid US stance on Iran can be discerned.
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Understanding the Key Judgments in the New NIE on Iranian Nuclear Weapons
Saturday, December 15, 2007
The US intelligence community analysis indicates that it is highly probable that the US and the international community have some 4-7 years to negotiate before Iran could become a nuclear power. It provides a major argument against any early military action against Iran, and it refutes much of the hard-line rhetoric emerging from various neoconservatives.
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White House Fought NIE Over an Old Charge
Saturday, December 15, 2007
The reported White House resistance to the National Intelligence Estimate's conclusion that Iran had abandoned a nuclear weapons programme in 2003 was an effort to save a political tactic the George W. Bush administration had been using since early 2004, despite the absence of an intelligence analysis to support it.
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Smoking Laptop Follies
Monday, December 10, 2007
Well, there's some semi-good news. Our courageous National Intelligence Council has just judged [.pdf] "with a high degree of confidence" that Iranian authorities had already halted, way back in 2003, what the NIC inexplicably still characterizes as a covert "nuclear weapons program." Some details of that alleged program, obtained from the hard-drive of a laptop computer, allegedly stolen in Iran in 2004, had been supplied to us a few months later, apparently by the same wonderful folks who had earlier supplied us the "intelligence" on Iraq, obtained by them from "Curveball."
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The Warpath to Regime Change
Monday, December 10, 2007
Under the influence of this central myth, after the 9/11 attacks, some of Cheney's allies in the Pentagon conceived the objective of removing every regime in the Middle East that was hostile to the United States and Israel.
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