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Thursday, December 06, 2007

Diplomatic Pressure?

John Bolton, in today's Washington Post, discusses the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran.

Money quote:
Second, the NIE is internally contradictory and insufficiently supported. It implies that Iran is susceptible to diplomatic persuasion and pressure, yet the only event in 2003 that might have affected Iran was our invasion of Iraq and the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, not exactly a diplomatic pas de deux. As undersecretary of state for arms control in 2003, I know we were nowhere near exerting any significant diplomatic pressure on Iran. Nowhere does the NIE explain its logic on this critical point.
Exactly. Other than a WSJ editorial yesterday, I haven't seen anyone pick up on this oddity at all.


In what context was the NIE implying so?
The NIE said that Iran stopped in 2003 "in response to increasing international scrutiny."

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