Monday, December 10, 2007

The Empire Strikes Back

Wingnuts and war-mongers are not taking the Iranian NIE lying down. Leading neo-crazy John Bolton is still criticizing it: Bolton calls report on Iran quasi-putsch:

Der Spiegel magazine quoted Bolton on Saturday as alleging that the aim of the National Intelligence Estimate, which contradicts his and President Bush's position, was not to provide the latest intelligence on Iran.

"This is politics disguised as intelligence," Bolton was quoted as saying in an article appearing in this week's edition.

Bolton described the report, released Monday, as a "quasi-putsch" by the intelligence agencies, Der Spiegel said.

Some in Israel are playing the holocaust card:

"The manner in which the Americans relate to the intelligence report on Iran is similar to the way in which they viewed those reports they received during the Holocaust on railways transporting hundreds of thousands of Jews to their death at Auschwitz," Minister Yitzhak Cohen of Shas said during a security cabinet meeting Sunday morning on the Iranian nuclear issue.
Cabinet Member Cohen had this to say to his fellow ministers not present in the meeting: "Whoever thinks that the president of Iran is a lover of Zion, with Kosher certification from the Americans, misleads and is mislead. He is not a lover of Zion, but instead an aspiring strangler of Zion. Someone in America fell asleep on his watch, but we must remain awake and aware."
Meanwhile Colonel W. Patrick Lang, a retired military intelligence professional, has this to say:

The "jungle telegraph" in Washington is booming with news of the Iran NIE. I am told that the reason the conclusions of the NIE were released is that it was communicated to the White House that "intelligence career seniors were lined up to go to jail if necessary" if the document's gist were not given to the public. Translation? Someone in that group would have gone to the media "on the record" to disclose its contents.


Blogger JustaDog said...

Actually I think we should leave Iran alone. I really don't think they would bother Israel (even though Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad threatened them multiple times).

Let's say he makes 20 nuclear bombs. He'd be pretty dump to use even on against Israel considering they have over 200. If he tried I'd have no problem with Israel wiping Iraq off the face of the Earth.

Ah - but if they did that think of the wieners that would loose their "news" source.

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