Former ambassador to the U.N., John Bolton, says the the latest intelligence estimate is meant not to inform but to influence policy.
When President Bush and the Republicans controlled the entire US Government, they had a chance to reform US Intelligence. They did not do that. They frittered away an opportunity. The consequences of that unfortunate decision are now being realized.
It is ironic that President Bush decided to change the Iraqi government with a dogged determination, but lost his enthusiasm to tidy things up in his own. The Democrat's Pavlovian response to the destroyed interrogation tapes will further distract any serious review of the role of US Intelligence in the governance of The United States of America.
_________________Bolton calls report on Iran 'quasi-putsch'
December 9, 2007
BERLIN — U.S. intelligence services attempted to influence political policy by releasing their assessment that concludes Iran halted its nuclear arms program in 2003, said John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
Der Spiegel magazine quoted Bolton on Saturday as alleging that the aim of the National Intelligence Estimate, which contradicts his and President Bush's position, was not to provide the latest intelligence on Iran.
"This is politics disguised as intelligence," Bolton was quoted as saying in an article appearing in this week's edition.
Bolton described the report, released Monday, as a "quasi-putsch" by the intelligence agencies, Der Spiegel said.
The intelligence estimate said Iran had stopped its nuclear weapons program four years ago but was continuing to develop the technical means that could be used to produce a bomb. This contradicted Bush's assertion that Iran was actively trying to develop a nuclear weapon.
The hawkish Bolton has long criticized Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, who has said that there was no hard evidence that Tehran was pursuing nuclear weapons.
ElBaradei said the report "somewhat vindicated" Iran, which has denied allegations that it was secretly trying to build nuclear weapons. It says its nuclear program is to generate electricity.