Dark Suspicions About the NIE ... the intelligence community, which has for some years now been leaking material calculated to undermine George W. Bush, is doing it again. This time the purpose is to head off the possibility that the President may order air strikes on the Iranian nuclear installations.Someone needs to ask both George and Rudy if they share his suspicions. If they have any sense, they'll run fast in the opposite diection from N-Pod, who, like Bolton, VD Hanson, Mike Ledeen and others, is ignoring inconvenient facts which challenge his faith that bombing Iran is the thing to do. In other words, he's even more policy driven than he accuses the authors of the NIE of being. All base their arguments off the spurious claim that the intelligence community has no insight into Iranian minds, but the neocons know (faith based) that they are suicidal, messianic maniacs - and so all the contrary evidence should be ignored. Oh, and all that contrary evidence has been invented by appointees of Bush and their own appointed subordinates to...falsely discredit their boss. Ummm...
That sound is the fleet of black helicopters hovering over the neoconservatives' foreign policy fictions. All aboard, last to leave the White House turn out the lights.
Update Glenn Greenwald, in an excellent post even by his standards, points out how the neocon black helicopter crowd at and around the White House have consistently used their dark suspicions and conspiracy theories to blacken the name of Mohammed El-Baradei, trying to get him fired at least twice. Yet the inconvenient fact is that the IAEA director was right about Iran just as he was right about Iraq. Nothing should succeed like success.