So, I took the trouble to watch Bush's press conference yesterday, and the reporter's were a total joke. Basically, the tone of the question can be boiled down to "Mr. President, why didn't you know then what you know now.?" The Washington press corps would like the the president to overcome the laws of physics and time. Meanwhile, I read the NIE on Iran -- http://www.dni.gov/press_releases/20071203_release.pdf . . . and, of course, it's a wondrous example of "consensus" bureaucratic lingo. Now comes our friends in Israel, and guess what? They have different take on the subject. http://washingtontimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071205/FOREIGN/112050069/1001 Here are the facts, however, which are indisputable. --The guys that run Iran are not good guys. --They have been a state supporter of terror --Even though they are awash in oil, they have built nuclear power plants. --The are spending huge sums of money to enrich uranium -- successfully or unsuccessfully, we're not sure -- even though they could buy all they need on the open market for less cost than they are spending trying to do it themselves (thought that U wouldn't be weapons-level enriched) --They clearly have HAD a nuclear weapons program, which they may or may not have stopped, but which they have hidden and lied about These are not intelligence conjectures, hedged by graditions of qualifying "confidence" levels -- these are the facts, ma'am. Frankly, this NIE strikes me as very very dangerous. It could very well lull us into a state of complacency. I am a huge fan of war historian John Keegan, and his book, "Intelligence is War" though interestingly flawed in a number of ways, has this to say at the end of the book...Read it, those on the anti-war left, and think hard on it.