02/26/2008 (3:02 pm)
Putting the final nail in the US intelligence community’s already-closed coffin, the BBC reported yesterday that British Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Simon Smith had presented evidence demonstrating that Iran’s bomb project continued well past 2003. Responding to the unsurprising Iranian knee-jerk claim that the documents presented to the IAEA were forgeries, Smith observed that
material presented to the IAEA in Vienna came from multiple sources and included designs for a nuclear warhead, plus information on how it would perform and how it would fit onto a missile.
Powerline comments, and I observe that while most of us had little doubt, this pretty much solidifies the case that the NIE was a partisan hack job, and that hold-overs from the Clinton administration continue to poison the proper functioning of government.
The true price of allowing the Clintons access to the reins of power goes beyond human ken.
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[...] Back in December of 2007, a gathering of government intel professionals produced a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) claiming “with high confidence” that Iran had ceased its nuclear development as of 2003. That this was not true is evident now. What the Journal reports is that the intelligence community was already well aware of the recently-announced uranium enrichment facilities and weapons design efforts at the time the NIE was published. This demonstrates that the NIE was published as propaganda; they knew it was false, but it served a political purpose, so they published it anyhow. I reported this at the time, and confirmed it with evidence later. [...]