And I thought Bush said the new NIE proved his restructuring of the intelligence community worked:
Some Republicans in Congress are second-guessing a government intelligence report that Iran has abandoned its nuclear weapons program. They want a second opinion.
The National Intelligence Estimate, released last week, concludes Iran halted its weapons development program in 2003 and that the program remained frozen through at least the middle of this year. That reversed a key finding from a 2005 intelligence report, which said Iran was intently developing a nuclear bomb. An unclassified summary of the new report was released specifically to correct that impression.
So why are these Republicans going against our Commander in Chief during a time of war? Even Fred Thompson is going against the President and calling the new NIE "foolish". Perhaps we should listen to Fred. He also raises the concerns of the "Soviet Union" in going after Iran.
I think people quickly dismiss Fred's assertions, but they don't realize Fred's background. He was involved in a highly secretive CIA mission years ago that involved a rogue Soviet submarine commander wanting to defect. If it wasn't for Fred's involvment, this would have never happened and the Soviet's would have had the tool necessary to sneak their nuclear weapons only miles off our shores. We have obtained part of that operation manual which can be seen below the fold.
So Fred must have the credentials to dismiss our entire intelligence community - right?