Bush Assures Israel That He Will Ignore The Evidence

Discussion in 'Politics' started by ZZZzzzzzzz, Jan 14, 2008.

  1. Bothersome Intel on Iran
    By Michael Hirsh
    Updated: 12:54 PM ET Jan 12, 2008

    In public, President Bush has been careful to reassure Israel and other allies that he still sees Iran as a threat, while not disavowing his administration's recent National Intelligence Estimate. That NIE, made public Dec. 3, embarrassed the administration by concluding that Tehran had halted its weapons program in 2003, which seemed to undermine years of bellicose rhetoric from Bush and other senior officials about Iran's nuclear ambitions. But in private conversations with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert last week, the president all but disowned the document, said a senior administration official who accompanied Bush on his six-nation trip to the Mideast. "He told the Israelis that he can't control what the intelligence community says, but that [the NIE's] conclusions don't reflect his own views" about Iran's nuclear-weapons program, said the official, who would discuss intelligence matters only on the condition of anonymity.

    Bush's behind-the-scenes assurances may help to quiet a rising chorus of voices inside Israel's defense community that are calling for unilateral military action against Iran. Olmert, asked by NEWSWEEK after Bush's departure on Friday whether he felt reassured, replied: "I am very happy." A source close to the Israeli leader said Bush first briefed Olmert about the intelligence estimate a week before it was published, during talks in Washington that preceded the Annapolis peace conference in November. According to the source, who also refused to be named discussing the issue, Bush told Olmert he was uncomfortable with the findings and seemed almost apologetic.

    Israeli and other foreign officials asked Bush to explain the NIE, which concluded with "high confidence" that Iran halted what the document describes as its "nuclear weapons program." The NIE arrived at this finding even though Tehran continues to operate uranium-enrichment centrifuges that many experts believe are intended to develop material for a bomb, and despite the CIA's assertion that it had, for the first time, concrete evidence of such a weaponization program. Most confusing of all, the document seemed to directly contradict a 2005 NIE that concluded—also with "high confidence"—that Iran did have such a weapons program. Bush's national-security adviser, Stephen Hadley, told reporters in Jerusalem that Bush had only said to Olmert privately what he's already said publicly, which is that he believes Iran remains "a threat" no matter what the NIE says. But the president may be trying to tell his allies something more: that he thinks the document is a dead letter.

  2. btw ZZZzzz, your candidate obamillary is a strong supporter of bush's stance on iran.
  3. More insanity.

  4. They all know that for them to have any chance in hell in winning...They gonna have to participate in the feast of kissing their master's ass....
  5. denial.....

    they might spin it.. they might try to portray an opposing stance.... but just like iraq... they will vote one way and speak out of the other side of their mouths.

    obama just chooses not to show up for votes... hillary votes for war but then claims she didnt know any better.

    just look at their handlers for their true colors. CFR CFR CFR CFR CFR CFR
  6. I state repeatedly I don't support any of the candidates, and that is too difficult for you to understand.

    I guess the RuPaul koolaid has destroyed any higher brain functions that you might have once had...

  7. you stated that you dont support a candidate that is unelectable. you hate the republicans. that only leaves obamillary.

    seriously.. you are a child... go play with your blocks.
  8. Fallacy of false dilemma.

    I don't have to support anyone, even those electable.

    You are such a goon.

    Ratboy's mantra: "You are either with RuPaul, or you are against him..."

  9. so... ZZZzzzz complains about ron paul.. but cant produce a better choice.. so he will not participate in the election.

    yeah.. thats a great strategy dufus.

    go play with your blocks... in your skirt.
  10. "so... ZZZzzzz complains about ron paul.. but cant produce a better choice.. so he will not participate in the election."

    I don't produce presidential candidates. The produce themselves by selecting to make a run at the presidency...


    Like I said, you really are a goon...

    #10     Jan 14, 2008