This Bush routine is getting so old. Honestly, he needs some new schtick because the American public is so done with his fear mongering and lies:
President Bush warned today that Iran remained a threat despite an intelligence assessment that it had halted a covert program to develop nuclear weapons four years ago, as the administration struggled to salvage a diplomatic process now in disarray.
Once again facing criticism over the handling — and meaning — of intelligence reports, Mr. Bush said the new assessment underscored the need to intensify international efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.
He said Iran could not be entrusted with acquiring even the scientific knowledge to enrich uranium for peaceful civilian use, explicitly declaring for the first time what has been an underlying premise of the Bush administration’s policy. He also appeared to rule out any new diplomatic initiative with the current president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
This is so pathetic, Bush pleading like a petulant child for someone to believe him:
“Look, Iran was dangerous, Iran is dangerous, and Iran will be dangerous, if they have the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon,” Mr. Bush said, sounding defensive at times, during a news conference dominated by questions about the assessment, known as a National Intelligence Estimate. “What’s to say they couldn’t start another covert nuclear weapons program?”
Truthdig has a podcast up with Scott Ritter on the release of the NIE. Go listen, it’s important. Ritter warns, Bush, “doesn’t let facts get in the way of what he wants.” Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid urged Bush to announce “a top-to-bottom review of his Iran policy.” Good luck with that... We all know the Commander Guy doesn’t listen to anyone who disagrees with him. Congress needs to make certain he doesn’t get his way on Iran. Damn certain.
Memeorandum has all the buzz in the sphere on the latest NIE on Iran.