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U.S. Finds Iran Halted Its Nuclear Arms Effort in 2003” from yesterday’s New York Times:

    A new assessment by American intelligence agencies released Monday concludes that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 and that the program remains frozen, contradicting a judgment two years ago that Tehran was working relentlessly toward building a nuclear bomb.
    The conclusions of the new assessment are likely to reshape the final year of the Bush administration, which has made halting Iran’s nuclear program a cornerstone of its foreign policy.

Fred Kaplan gets to the point in Slate:

    Skeptics of war have rarely been so legitimized. Vice President Cheney has never been so isolated. If Bush were to order an attack under these circumstances, he would risk a major eruption in the chain of command, even a constitutional crisis, among many other crises. It seems extremely unlikely that even he would do that.

As a lifelong progressive, I’ve tended to see the CIA and the military as institutions made up of people who carry out repressive actions against poor, vulnerable nations. But if there’s one thing the Bush administration has taught me, it’s that there are times when they are the only rational actors in a position to do anything. It’s an irony for progressives today that we find ourselves cheering the CIA for showing independence from an administration willing to “fix the facts around the policy,” or the military’s top brass for letting it be known behind the scenes that they will not carry out an order to attack Iran.

I’m not suddenly convinced that the U.S. has stopped being a predatious empire, but just for today I want to say, “Thank you, CIA, and thank you, intelligence community, for taking a stand against war!”


Comment from Loula
Time: December 4, 2007, 20:40

Comme quoi, il y a encore de l’espoir:-)

Comment from Ibn Kafka
Time: December 5, 2007, 06:38

I agree with you, even if one shouldn’t rule out a strike later on. I think that it is payback time for the US intelligence community, which was left out to hang and dry after the WMD in Iraq debacle…

Comment from Ali
Time: December 5, 2007, 12:51

Heard about the petition signed by 300,000 members of shiite clans in the south of Iraq asking for a U.N intervention to put an end to the Iranian crimes in Iraq. Heard about the massacre of the shiite Bani Tamim clan who burned down the Iranian consulate in Al-Basrah.

Now Iran is getting away with its crime in Iraq. It faciltated the invasion, and now it is getting Iraq on a silver plate. If the U.S is not going to correct its mistake and bomb Iran, then Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan must join their forces and give the iranians in Iraq the beating of their lives

Comment from 99
Time: December 5, 2007, 15:18

How could you declare victory while * still breathes?

Comment from eatbees
Time: December 5, 2007, 15:37

@Ibn Kafka — I think there are now a few “grownups” around Bush who, while very conservative, are resolved to contain him. I’m thinking of McConnell, Gates, and Mukasey… perhaps there are others. With luck, we are in a holding pattern until the next administration takes over.

@Ali — “If the U.S is not going to correct its mistake and bomb Iran…” a strange sentiment in my opinion. How does one correct an immoral war with more war!? “Oh, we bombed the WRONG country… so let’s keep bombing until we hit the RIGHT one.” I think you’d better talk to the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan as you suggest… maybe they will do your dirty work for you.

Let’s remember that the people of Iran are not the same as their politicians… the people of Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia are not the same as their politicians… and the American people are not the same as their politicians. We are all responsible to some extent for what our leaders do (because we haven’t risen up in revolution against them) but let’s focus on building understanding among ordinary citizens and leave the war talk to the crazy people running our respective nations.

@99 — Ouch! did you have to inflict that video on me? That man is mentally damaged and painful to watch. Besides, he says “nukyular” not just once but four times. Anyway, I’m not declaring “real” victory even after he is out of office, because as I’m sure you know, just electing Democrats doesn’t mean we’ve got our planet back.

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