New National Intel Estimate on Iran catches White House with pants down

A new US intelligence report sheds significant light on the Bush administration’s duplicity regarding Iran’s alleged nuclear threat.

Iran Halted Nuclear Bomb Program in 2003, U.S. Spy Agencies Say

By Jeff Bliss and Ken Fireman

Dec. 3 (Bloomberg) — Iran suspended its nuclear weapons program in 2003 and probably hadn’t restarted it as of mid-2007, according to a new report from the U.S. intelligence community.

The Iranians halted the program “primarily in response to international pressure,” and this decision “suggests Iran may be more vulnerable to influence on the issue than we judged previously,” the intelligence agencies said.

If Iran were to restart its program, it probably couldn’t enrich enough uranium for a nuclear weapon until late 2009, and even then is “very unlikely” to produce a bomb until the next decade, according to the National Intelligence Estimate, which is the consensus view of the 16 U.S. intelligence agencies. (Story.)

Here are the important things to remember as this story begins unfolding.

1: Bush has known about this report, one assumes, for the last four years. (More…)

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