Sunday, January 28, 2007
Hey Congress, No NIE, No surge!
You let them get by with that once, as what you were given before the Iraq war was more like a scrubbed White Paper than an NIE.
Don't make the same mistake again!
NPR: Iraq National Intelligence Estimate Will Advise Against Sending More Troops... | The Huffington Post:
Six months ago, Harper's Ken Silverstein reported that 'in spite of pressure from CIA analysts, intelligence czar John Negroponte was blocking a new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iraq.' National Intelligence Estimates present the consensus view of the U.S. intelligence apparatus. Despite pressure from Congress, the administration insisted it could not complete the NIE until January 2007.
Last week, however, an administration intelligence official told senators that the report is still not complete. According to Silverstein, Senate hearing attendees 'believe that senior intelligence officials are stalling because an NIE will be bleak enough to present a significant political liability.'