what a surprise... Bush's newly appointed intelligence czar is stalling the release of his own boys' not-so-rosey summation of things in Iraq and the prospects for escalation success... is anyone besides Bush cronies and Texas Evangelicals still in this guys' corner?... God, get him out... what an embarrassment NPR‚Äôs Rehm: Delayed Iraq NIE Will Undermine Case For Escalation Six months ago, Harper‚Äôs Ken Silverstein reported that ‚Äúin spite of pressure from CIA analysts, intelligence czar John Negroponte was blocking a new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iraq.‚ÄĚ National Intelligence Estimates present the consensus view of the U.S. intelligence apparatus. Despite pressure from Congress, the administration insisted it could not complete the NIE until January 2007. Last week, however, an administration intelligence official told senators that the report is still not complete. According to Silverstein, Senate hearing attendees ‚Äúbelieve that senior intelligence officials are stalling because an NIE will be bleak enough to present a significant political liability.‚ÄĚ Yesterday, NPR host Diane Rehm may have revealed why the NIE remains so politically sensitive. On her national radio show, Rehm said: It‚Äôs my understanding that the National Intelligence Estimate‚Ä¶is going to suggest that adding troops is the wrong way to go, that it‚Äôs not going to improve the situation. CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO Yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and the House and Senate intelligence committee chairmen wrote President Bush ‚Äúurging prompt completion of a national intelligence estimate (NIE) on Iraq first requested by Congress six months ago.‚ÄĚ Read the full letter HERE.