Monday, January 14, 2008

 

Bush Disowns U.S. Intel - As Usual

[WA: Bush has consistently ignored any intel that did not fit his aims and goals. He is determined to follow his, the Fundies, and the neocons strategy to provoke WWIII, gain world control, and establish a theocratic dictatorship. And as always, the tail continues to wag the dog as the US curries favor with Israel.]]

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Bush Disowns U.S. Intel, Tells Israelis Iran NIE "Doesn’t Reflect My Views"

Posted by Faiz Shakir, Think Progress at 6:46 AM on January 14, 2008.


Speaking in the UAE, Bush said the United States and Arab allies must join together to confront the danger of Iran "before it's too late."

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After the recent National Intelligence Estimate on Iran was released, Israel publicly challenged the U.S. intelligence consensus that Iran had stopped its nuclear weapons program. "In our opinion," Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said, Iran "has apparently continued that program."

Just days after the NIE was released, Bush quickly announced he would make the first visit to Israel of his presidency to mend differences over Iran.

In private meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert this week, Newsweek reports that President Bush disowned the U.S. intelligence community's judgments:

But in private conversations with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert last week, the president all but disowned the document, said a senior administration official who accompanied Bush on his six-nation trip to the Mideast. "He told the Israelis that he can't control what the intelligence community says, but that [the NIE's] conclusions don't reflect his own views" about Iran's nuclear-weapons program, said the official, who would discuss intelligence matters only on the condition of anonymity.

Bush had reportedly briefed Olmert about the Iran NIE days before it was publicly released in late November. The New Yorker's Seymour Hersh said, "The Israelis were very upset about the report. They think we're naive, they don't think we get it right. And so they have a different point of view."

But after his private meetings with Bush this week, Olmert -- asked whether he felt reassured -- replied, "I am very happy."

UPDATE: Speaking in the United Arab Emirates, Bush said the United States and Arab allies must join together to confront the danger of Iran "before it's too late."

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Faiz Shakir is the Research Director at the Center for American Progress and serves as Editor of ThinkProgress.org and The Progress Report.

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