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Bush under fire over Iran claims (MAJOR BARFER!)
AFP via Yahoo ^ | 12/7/2007 | Too ashamed to say

Posted on 12/07/2007 5:59:59 AM PST by PreciousLiberty

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The White House Thursday struggled to defend the dire warnings about Iran made by US President George W. Bush even after he had learned that Tehran had likely frozen its atomic weapons program in 2003.

A new US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) released on Monday formally endorsed that conclusion, which Bush had first heard about in August from US Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell.

On August 28, Bush warned of a "nuclear holocaust" if the Islamic republic developed nuclear weapons, and on October 17 he warned that anyone interested in avoiding "World War III" should support US pressure on Tehran.

On October 21, US Vice President Dick Cheney warned Iran to suspend uranium enrichment or face "serious consequences" -- the very language in the UN resolution on Iraq that the White House says justified the March 2003 invasion.

On Tuesday, the US president defended himself from Democratic charges of exaggerating the threat by saying that he had only been briefed on the NIE on November 28 and suggesting that McConnell's earlier warning had been vague.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: dinosaur; msm; slanted; yellow
I guess the press (and possibly the President) are ignoring these quotes:

"We judge with moderate confidence that the earliest possible date Iran would be technically capable of producing enough HEU for a weapon is late 2009"

“We assess with high confidence that until fall 2003, Iranian military entities were working under government direction to develop nuclear weapons. We judge with high confidence that the halt lasted at least several years.”


"“We continue to assess with moderate-to-high confidence that Iran does not currently have a nuclear weapon.”"

Moderate-to-high confidence?!?

“We continue to assess with low confidence that Iran probably has imported at least some weapons-usable fissile material, but still judge with moderate-to-high confidence it has not obtained enough for a nuclear weapon. We cannot rule out that Iran has acquired from abroad—or will acquire in the future—a nuclear weapon or enough fissile material for a weapon.”

Sure, Iran is no threat at all...if you read the whole NIE there's PLENTY to be concerned about.

The press are having their field day though...gotta love the picture on this hit piece. :-P

1 posted on 12/07/2007 6:00:02 AM PST by PreciousLiberty
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To: PreciousLiberty

#2 Rule of Journalism

Criticize those who are trying to solve problems rather than those who are causing the problems.

2 posted on 12/07/2007 6:04:50 AM PST by Loyal Buckeye
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To: PreciousLiberty

So now the press is loopy over the “nuanced” comments of the same intelligance community that concurred with Brit intelligence that Iraq had sought uranium from Africa

3 posted on 12/07/2007 6:10:48 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: PreciousLiberty

This may be the first and only NIE the MSM ever supported.

4 posted on 12/07/2007 6:12:36 AM PST by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: Loyal Buckeye

Its just a coincidence that Iran has 50 thousand uranium centrifuges and has developed a 1200 mile capable missile...

5 posted on 12/07/2007 6:14:33 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (ENERGY CRISIS made in Washington D. C.)
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To: edcoil

The MSM is ony supporting the NIE because they have cherry picked the comments they liked

And their lefty base continues to demand that Bush and Cheney be impeached for cherry picking NIE’s

6 posted on 12/07/2007 6:21:26 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: PreciousLiberty

North Korea was no threat either. Just ask Madeline who “danced all night” with Kim.

7 posted on 12/07/2007 6:25:31 AM PST by Sacajaweau ("The Cracker" will be renamed "The Crapper")
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To: PreciousLiberty


8 posted on 12/07/2007 6:30:24 AM PST by 444Flyer (NEVER take a "mark" to "buy or sell"!Rev 13:16-17,John 3:1-36, Eph 6, Rev 12:11, Jer 29:13-14)
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To: PreciousLiberty

Where’s the headline:

“NIE Under Fire for Previous Iran Claims”


9 posted on 12/07/2007 6:43:39 AM PST by bolobaby
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
I guess the MSDBM/DEMS/LIBS will believe that Iran has nukes and will use them when Israel is hit with a nuke.... oppss,, I forgot, that IS THEIR agenda, for the destruction of Israel and the USA.
why of why ? I can never understand why any Jew would want to be a liberal.
10 posted on 12/07/2007 7:24:02 AM PST by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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