Gimlet eye on the NIE
I’m not instantly inclined to credit anything said by Mark Falcoff of the American Enterprise Institute. He is, after all, the neocon who called America a “proposition country” in Commentary in the early ’90s. I—an assiduous reader of Commentary in those years, which could not be said of most immigration restrictionists and paleocons—was the first person who drew critical attention to Falcoff’s phrase, and it thereafter became a commonplace on the paleoconservative right in describing the neoconservative view of America.
That said, Falcoff seems to know something about the U.S. intelligence community, and his withering view of the reliability of the National Intelligence Estimate—namely that the intelligence analysts in the CIA are ideological twins to the liberals in the State Department, and that the NIE is therefore worthless trash—has the chill of truth.
But if that is the case, it still leaves unanswered the question why Busherino publicly accepted a finding that undercuts everything his administration has been saying and seeking to accomplish for the last several years with regard to Iran’s nukular weapons program.
By the way, if it is truly the case that any possibility of a U.S. military strike against Iran’s nuclear assets during the remaining 13 months of this administration is now out the window, then what had been the sole remaining prospect of Busherino’s doing anything as president that might require our rallying around him as our national leader is also out the window. There is therefore no remaining political reason why the American people should restrain themselves from expressing their true opinions about this president who during the course of his presidency has, even more than Clinton, expressed his utter contempt for them, as well as his preference for his Saudi pals, his Mexican retainers, his inner circle of idiot liberal females, and the masses of Latin Americans both inside the U.S. and outside the U.S. clamoring to get in. With yesterday’s press conference, the Bush presidency has effectively come to an end. All that’s left for the Napoleon from west Texas is weekends at Camp David watching football games on tv with Condi.
Ken Hechtman writes:
There are two questions here: “Is the report’s conclusion true?” and “Why now?” And they’re separate questions.Alan Levine writes:
I have only just got caught up on VFR since last Sunday.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at December 06, 2007 01:55 AM | Send