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 NPRās Rehm: Delayed Iraq NIE Will Undermine Case For Escalation Six months ago, Harperās Ken Silverstein reported that āin spite of pressure from CIA analysts, intelligence czar John Negroponte was blocking a new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iraq.ā 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 ābelieve that senior intelligence officials are stalling because an NIE will be bleak enough to present a significant political liability.ā Yesterday, NPR host Diane Rehm may have revealed why the NIE remains so politically sensitive. On her national radio show, Rehm said: Itās my understanding that the National Intelligence Estimateā¦is going to suggest that adding troops is the wrong way to go, that itās 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 āurging prompt completion of a national intelligence estimate (NIE) on Iraq first requested by Congress six months ago.ā Read the full letter HERE.