I thought I’d post this before it goes down the memory hole …..
WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 — A new assessment by American intelligence agencies concludes that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 and that the program remains on hold, contradicting an assessment two years ago that Tehran was working inexorably toward building a bomb.
The conclusions of the new assessment are likely to be explosive in the middle of tense international negotiations aimed at getting Iran to halt its nuclear energy program, and in the middle of a presidential campaign during which a possible military strike against Iran’s nuclear program has been discussed.
The assessment, a National Intelligence Estimate that represents the consensus view of all 16 American spy agencies, states that Tehran’s ultimate intentions about gaining a nuclear weapon remain unclear, but that Iran’s “decisions are guided by a cost-benefit approach rather than a rush to a weapon irrespective of the political, economic and military costs.”
Of course, a delusional sociopathic warmonger like Bush would never let little things like facts get in the way of his quest for world domination.
UPDATE: Not at all surprisingly, the Bush administration wasted no time twisting the above to fit their warmongering agenda. I received the following in a Google Breaking News update:
WASHINGTON (AP) Iran halted its nuclear weapons development program in the fall of 2003 under international pressure but is continuing to enrich uranium and could develop a weapon as early as 2010, senior intelligence officials said Monday.