The NIE

Tuesday, December 04, 2007
So let me get the straight. Some years ago, Bush said "Iran is making progress on nuclear materials that could be used in nuclear weapons. We need to pressure them to stop, and to open themselves to inspection, and while diplomatic means are the best answer and force is a last resort, we can't eliminate force, or else the other diplommatic means will be less effective."

And the reporting was "Bush threatens War."

Then Bush said "Iran is still making progress on nuclear materials that could be used in nuclear weapons. We need to pressure them to stop, and to open themselves to inspection, and while diplomatic means are the best answer and force is a last resort, we can't eliminate force, or else the other diplomatic means will be less effective."

And the reporting was "Bush threatens War."

Then some sanctions were set up, and Bush said "Iran is making progress on nuclear materials that could be used in nuclear weapons. We need to pressure them to stop, and to open themselves to inspection, and while diplomatic means are the best answer and force is a last resort, we can't eliminate force, or else the other diplomatic means will be less effective."

And the reporting was "Bush threatens War."

Then Ahmedinajiad said Israel should be destroyed and they were the ones to do it, and Bush said "Iran is making progress on nuclear materials that could be used in nuclear weapons. We need to pressure them to stop, and to open themselves to inspection, and while diplomatic means are the best answer and force is a last resort, we can't eliminate force, or else the other diplomatic means will be less effective."

And the reporting was "Bush threatens War."

Then Ahmedinajiad said they were successfully enriching uranium and no one would stop them, and Bush said "Iran is making progress on nuclear materials that could be used in nuclear weapons. We need to pressure them to stop, and to open themselves to inspection, and while diplomatic means are the best answer and force is a last resort, we can't eliminate force, or else the other diplomatic means will be less effective."

And the reporting was "Bush threatens War."

And finally, the new NIE came out and said that under pressure they now believe Iran has stopped an active eapons program, but they still aren't cooperating with IAEA, and Bush said "Iran is making progress on nuclear materials that could be used in nuclear weapons. We need to pressure them to stop, and to open themselves to inspection, and while diplomatic means are the best answer and force is a last resort, we can't eliminate force, or else the other diplomatic means will be less effective. But diplomatic means seem to have been somewhat effective, so we should keep up the pressure and I will continue to do so."

And the reporting is "Bush was an idiot to threaten war."

Have I got that straight?

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