NIE: Iran Halted Nuclear Weapons Program

(Associated Press) A new U.S. intelligence report concludes that Iran's nuclear weapons development program has been halted since the fall of 2003 because of international pressure _ a stark contrast to the conclusions U.S. spy agencies drew just two years ago.

The finding is part of a National Intelligence Estimate on Iran that also cautions that Tehran continues to enrich uranium and still could develop a bomb between 2010 and 2015 if it decided to do so.

The conclusion that Iran's weapons program was still frozen, through at least mid-2007, represents a sharp turnaround from the previous intelligence assessment in 2005. Then, U.S. intelligence agencies believed Tehran was determined to develop a nuclear weapons capability and was continuing its weapons development program. The new report concludes that Iran's decisions are rational and pragmatic, and that Tehran is more susceptible to diplomatic and financial pressure than previously thought.

Well, there’s a couple of ways to take this: A) the report is wrong or B) the report is correct. In either case, Iran is still enriching uranium, killing American soldiers and financing terrorism throughout the world.

But I applaud the Bush administration for, yet again, scaring the shit out of our enemies. Iran, North Korea and Libya have all backed down. –The Bush doctrine worked. President Bush isn’t fucking around and they sure-as-hell know it!