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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Nov 8, 2011 / 11 Mar-Cheshvan, 5772

About That 2007 National Intelligence Estimate

By Mona Charen




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | In the least surprising announcement since Solyndra declared bankruptcy, the International Atomic Energy Agency is set to release a report this week confirming that the Islamic Republic of Iran has completed all of the steps required to build a nuclear arsenal. With the help of Russian, Pakistani and North Korean scientists, the report suggests Iran was able to overcome the technical hurdles involved in developing a detonator that will create the critical mass necessary for a nuclear chain reaction.

For more than a decade, it has been obvious that this was Iran's goal and intention. Yet our intelligence community issued a National Intelligence Estimate in 2007 declaring, "with high confidence" that Iran had "frozen" its active efforts to obtain nuclear weapons in 2003 and adding its "moderate confidence" that Iran had not resumed those efforts thereafter.

Democrats, who believe that the chief threats to world peace are to be found in the Republican Party, rejoiced in the report at the time. Senator John Edwards said, "The new National Intelligence Estimate shows that George Bush and Dick Cheney's rush to war with Iran is, in fact, a rush to war. The new NIE finds that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 and that Iran can be dissuaded from pursuing a nuclear weapon through diplomacy." Senator Barack Obama, already running for president, said, "By reporting that Iran halted its nuclear weapon development program four years ago because of international pressure, the new National Intelligence Estimate makes a compelling case for less saber-rattling and more direct diplomacy."

Senator Joseph Biden declared the report "good news" because "it makes it harder for these cowboys (i.e. the Bush administration) to go to war." The voluble Biden continued in this vein. After his host, Chris Matthews, protested that "this crowd" was using terms like "weapons of mass destruction," "regime change" and "homeland" as excuses for belligerence, Biden offered that, while he couldn't "prove it," he believed that Bush and Cheney (but principally Cheney) had gone to war in Iraq in order to "dominate that part of the world . . . and to be able to control oil."

Small minds will make crude uses of available weapons, of course, and the NIE proved a particularly timely cudgel for some Democrats. It's worth pausing over that 2007 NIE though, because the great story of the first decade of the 21st century, if you listened to Democrats, was that the Bush administration had "politicized" intelligence regarding Iraq. The administration, it was charged, had "cherry picked" the analyses, highlighting only those that supported its a priori conclusion that Iraq possessed WMDs.

This version of history offers a free pass to the intelligence community, which had, in the person of CIA Chief George Tenet, assured Bush that it was a "slam, dunk case" that Iraq had WMDs. It was the CIA and associated agencies that briefed Secretary of State Colin Powell about the evidence for Iraq's WMDs — evidence he presented to the United Nations.

When the intelligence proved to be dead wrong, the CIA appears not to have engaged in any useful after-action evaluations of its own performance. Instead, it chose to swing wildly in the opposite direction, declaring that Iran was no longer pursuing a nuclear arsenal. To reach this conclusion, the NIE ignored evidence supplied in 2007 by the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran had completed construction of 3,000 centrifuges — enough to produce enriched uranium for at least one nuclear weapon per year. Gliding past such reports, the NIE focused on the "intentions" of Iran's leadership and arrived at the brilliant conclusion that they no longer yearned to achieve nuclear status.

It's hard to overstate the effect of that 2007 NIE. President Bush had long maintained that he would not permit Iran to become a nuclear power. But in 2007, the unpopular Iraq War damaged Bush's standing and credibility. Still, he might have been willing to consider a series of air strikes against Iran's nuclear program had that NIE not made this course untenable.

The intelligence community, having misled the nation about WMDs in Iraq, misled it again about WMDs in Iran.

President Obama, too, has long maintained that a nuclear Iran is "unacceptable." Does that mean anything? The mullahs have mocked his earnest diplomacy. Even the U.N. now declares that Iran is a nuclear power. The only way for President Obama to salvage any particle of integrity is to do now what Bush should have done in 2008 and Obama should have done in 2009 — take out the nukes by military action.

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