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A new report released by American intelligence officials profoundly contradicts President Bush's claims on the Iran nuclear threat and casts his "World War III" fear-mongering in a dubious light. The National Intelligence Estimate's declassified assessment, compiled from 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, says Iran actually halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 "in response to international pressure."

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With the Bush administration set to offer a progress report on Iraq -- assuredly an attempt to make the case for a prolonged surge -- seven active-duty GIs have offered their own assessment in The New York Times. Their view, though bleak, is not cynical, but instead a practical approach to the many problems they've witnessed during their time in the quagmire.

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