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As we all know and reported on earlier here, the new release of the National Intelligence Estimate makes the Powell UN speech look like childs play. Now the administration is saying they didn’t get the estimate until moments before it’s release, and they too where shocked by the findings. But, that doesn’t change Bush’s hardline stance, or plans for war if he can swing it. Video and analysis after the jump… (more…)

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The Bush Administration’s attempt to doctor up a war with Iran suffered a blow yesterday with the release of the National Intelligence Estimate which lists as part of it’s key judgements the following:

Tehran’s decision to halt its nuclear weapons program suggests it is less determined to develop nuclear weapons than we have been judging since 2005.We judge with moderate confidence that the earliest possible date Iran would be technically capable of producing enough HEU for a weapon is late 2009, but that this is very unlikely.

Our assessment that Iran halted the program in 2003 primarily in response to international pressure indicates Tehran’s decisions are guided by a cost-benefit approach rather than a rush to a weapon irrespective of the political, economic, and military costs.

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