Jonah, the purpose of this NIE is to prevent Bush from using military force during the remainder of his term to destroy Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
A friend, formerly at the CIA, tells me that while this NIE
does confirm Iran was pursuing nuclear weapons in 2002 and 2003, its conclusions that as to why it may have stopped the program and why this halt may have continued are debateable and speculation. These KJs [Key Judgments] have too much political spin. This assessment was strongly influenced by two hyper-partisan anti-Bush officials who oversaw it, both former State officials who fought tooth and nail against Bush WMD policies, especially Iran.