With the NIE report on Iran being released, there are those that are accusing the authors of that report of bias and anti-bush partisanship. Read article here: http://www.washingtontimes.com/article/20071207/NATION/112070099/1002 this country is being ripped apart by partisan slants and the manipulation of data on everything from scientific studies to effective legislation to fit the cause at hand. There are facts that we need to know here: is Iran nuclear capable, is their nuclear program operational or really shut down, what non-military actions can we take first and finally what are our military options if it they become necessary to enact. Bush did not cause the crisis we have with Iran (if anything Carter did during his Presidency) but as with everything great or small in the US, he is being blamed for all anti-American sentiment that will always exist due to our status as a beacon of freedom and the sole superpower. Some interesting quotes from the article regarding the authors of the NIE report
"Mr. Bolton wrote in his recent memoir that Mr. Brill repeatedly underminedTo quote a famous detective, “Just the facts mam!”…Please, our national security is a terrible thing to waste.
efforts to get the IAEA to refer Iran to the U.N.
Security Council in 2003. Another official said that Mr. Brill was "known not
just for resisting his instruction cables but also for making political comments
criticizing officials at State and Bush policy to his staff. He was quite
“Mr. Brill, the U.S. ambassador to the International Atomic
Energy Agency from 2001 to 2004, was described by one official as "extremely
close" to the head of the IAEA, Mohamed ElBaradei, who is viewed by many in the
U.S. government as an apologist for Iran”
“Mr. Fingar, meanwhile, was described as a "smooth operator" as the deputy in charge of intelligence and research. Mr. Fingar was just as averse as Mr. Van Diepen was in pursuing a tough line on proliferation, officials said, but he avoided intra-agency confrontation.”