President Bush doesn’t accept the findings of the NIE.

This Newsweek article probably explains much about why Bush insisted that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. If what he believes to be true is contradicted by intelligence experts then he ignores them:

That NIE, made public Dec. 3, embarrassed the administration by concluding that Tehran had halted its weapons program in 2003, which seemed to undermine years of bellicose rhetoric from Bush and other senior officials about Iran’s nuclear ambitions. 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.

Because, ya know, he’s the Deciderer. Just because he’s been catastrophically wrong in the past shouldn’t be any reason to doubt his judgment now, right?

8 thoughts on “President Bush doesn’t accept the findings of the NIE.

  1. I’m guessing he called himself “the Deciderer” at some point?

    You know, he may not be as crazy as he appears from our perspective. If you assume that he believes in PMD style, Book of Revelations, end-times rapture stuff and he’s trying to bring about the apocalypse and biblical prophecy, his actions and attitudes kinda make sense.

    I guess that would mean he’s crazy after all. Oh well.

  2. I think you can look at this from many different perspectives. 

    This is intelligence and it could be another failure.  Perhaps Iran never did have a nuclear weapons program, perhaps they still do. 

    What exactly is a nuclear weapons program?  There are different components to such a system.  There is the fuel, the bomb itself and the delivery system.

    There is no doubt that Iran is still working on the fuel element even if they do insist that their nuclear progress is for peaceful purposes.  The delivery system continues to improve as they work on better missile systems.  That leaves just one component, building the bomb itself. 

    Lets say you want to build a nuke and you know people want to kick your butt over it.  You know there are these three things you have to work on, but one of them actually goes much quicker than the others.  Perhaps Pakistan or NK sent over some dos that really helped you out.  Unfortunately the other elements are still many years away from completion.  Why not halt the easy part and focus on the rest.  Then when you have the other elements in the bad, you can renew the easy part and become a nuclear armed nation before anyone even knows.

    This is probably a gross simplification, but I think something similar could be happening.  Personally I believe I have nothing to fear from a nuclear Iran.  I think we should fully embrace Iran and bring them into the global economy.  The smart citizens of Iran will do the rest, just like China.

  3. Nervous times: you have Bush as president, obviously wanting to invade Iran, for another year.  After that, Huckabee or Romney may be elected.  Or if not, Hillary who voted for the war.

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