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the arrogance of Palpatine is absolutely mind-boggling.. especially when you consider he almost got caught and held accountable regarding his undeniable lies about Iraq, and barely managed to suppress every investigation... to think he's trying it all over again makes me question the man's mental stability, or diabolical nature...
Gareth Porter of Inter Press Service reports that Vice President Cheney has been thwarting the release of a long-overdue National Intelligence Estimate on Iran because it doesn’t deliver the casus belli for war:
A National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran has been held up for more than a year in an effort to force the intelligence community to remove dissenting judgments on the Iranian nuclear program, and thus make the document more supportive of U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney’s militarily aggressive policy toward Iran, according to accounts of the process provided by participants to two former Central Intelligence Agency officers.
The current dispute over the Iran NIE bears striking resemblance to the controversies that played out over pre-war Iraq intelligence in at least two important ways:
In February, the intelligence community released a National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq that reported Iran was not “a major driver of violence” inside Iraq, disputing administration claims to the contrary. Former CIA officer Giraldi says the the White House is looking for “a document that it can use as evidence for its Iran policy.” Fortunately, not all analysts are willing to “fix the facts around the policy.”
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by the way, PBS Frontline's excellent piece "Showdown With Iran" shows how that nation had our support after 9/11, and played an intregal role in helping run the Taliban from Afghanistan... then our moron president decided to label Iran part of some "Axis of Evil," THEN they started turning against us... genius political move, Boy King, thanks...
still, at that point, the Reformists in Iran actually sent a backchannel peace offering after the invasion of Iraq... it went completely unanswered by our agenda-focused White House...