Thursday, December 13, 2007

Politics And The NIE

The Iran NIE just exploded in the Republicans' faces a couple days ago. Their President not only looks like a propagandist, but an outright liar. That would be tough enough to take, but now the war on Iranislamicfascismterr'ss looks to have developed a hiccup. Since in 2002 George II could get the NIE to say what he wanted it to say about Iraq and smoking mushrooms, this one is a fake political gambit by the intelligence agencies to..........what?

Just to make sure the experts at 16 separate agencies aren't idiots Sen John Ensign (R-NV) wants an independent bipartisan commission to look into it. "We just see politics injected into this," said Tory Mazzola, Ensign's spokesman. "When it comes to national security we really need to remove politics. We're saying, let's take a second look." No, really; there's more than one; Last week, Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Kan., said at a committee hearing he does not trust the new findings. "I'm not sure we have a good, clear signal of what's really happening inside Iran," he said. "We've got a very big batch of mixed signals." Mustn't forget that Fred Thompson ran a Nuke Sub (in a movie), "They’re undoubtedly intent upon nuclear weapons. I don’t care what this latest NIE says. That’s foolishness that represents our own inability to get a handle on it more than anything else."

So we need a commission to weed this out, a panel of experts with no political agenda - where do we get them - the US Senate. Exactly, a place crammed with intelligence experts with no politics anywhere in sight.

Just exactly how stupid do you have to be to qualify to be a Republican Senator?


Anonymous said...

And what do you think of Obadiah Shoher's arguments against the peace process ( )?

Chuck Butcher said...

I think his post assumes some special qualities in both Israelis and Arab and is full of crap on that basis alone. Second it is historically inaccurate by ignoring sufficient and blatant enough provocations on both sides. Thirdly there is an assumption that geo-political disputes are only solved through violence - Ireland at the least contradicts that and include a longer history of enmity.

Is BushCo the outfit to promote it? Not very likely.