The Corner

The NIE as a Political Document

From a reader:

Hey Jonah,

I’m baffled by the press for insisting the NIE report

is bad political news for Bush. Of course, looking at

the issue as a political one is disgusting, but if one

does, it seems there are three possibilities:

1) The report is right and Iran quit pursuing nukes in

2003. Gee, what else happened that year. So there were

positive results from the U.S. in Afghanistan and


2) The report is wrong so Bush is correct to pursue a

tough policy.

3) The Iranians quit pursuing the program because they

have procured all they need and now only have to

pursue enriched uranium.

It seems in a sane world none of these possibilities

would reflect negatively on Bush, but I guess we don’t

live in a sane world.

Enjoy your work, looking forward to the book.


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