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Reactions To The Iran NIE

Tuesday, December 4, 2007  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

From Michael Rubin, Max Boot, and Gabriel Schoenfeld.

The Iran NIE for beginners:  As though MI6 told Stanley Baldwin in 1933 that fears that Hitler would reoccupy the Ruhr in 1934 were groundless.

UPDATE: From the AP:

In Israel, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said “it’s apparently true” that Iran stopped pursuing its military nuclear program in 2003.

“But in our opinion, since then it has apparently continued that program,” Barak told Army Radio. “There are differences in the assessments of different organizations in the world about this, and only time will tell who is right.”

Asked if the new U.S. assessment reduced chances that the U.S. will launch a military strike on Iran, Barak said that was “possible.”

However, he said, “We cannot allow ourselves to rest just because of an intelligence report from the other side of the earth, even if it is from our greatest friend.”

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