Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani went on "Meet the Press" on Sunday to talk about his chances for winning the nomination (he's ahead in some states) and his stance on several key issues, including the U.S.'s relations with Iran. It looks like he's still siding with the hawks.
The "Mosaic Intelligence Report" examines the fallout of the new NIE report, which says Iran suspended its nuclear weapons program in 2003: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is being touted as the winner in the Middle East -- except in Israel -- and George Bush's America is being called the loser.
Not one to mince words, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann ripped into President Bush for beating the WWIII war drums about Iran months after the gist of the NIE report on Iran was known to the White House: "It is the nightmare scenario of political science fiction: a critical juncture in our history and a president manifestly unfit to serve and, behind him in the vice presidency, an unapologetic warmonger who has long been seeing a world visible only to himself".
The former chief weapons inspector argues that the Bush administration isn't going to let facts get in the way of its eagerly sought war with Iran. If there's any hope of avoiding such a conflict, Ritter writes, Congress will have to rouse from its slumber and act, rather than continuing to wait for the White House to make the first move.
The Israeli government has been decidedly hawkish about Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program, even after the NIE report suggested there isn't one. The Israeli people, on the other hand, have taken a more enlightened view: According to a new poll, roughly two-thirds oppose a unilateral attack on Iran.
Even when George W. Bush tells the truth, he cannot quite bring himself to tell the whole truth.
Bush is such a liar. Or is he just out to lunch on the most important issue that he faces? In October, he charged that Iran's nuclear weapons program was bringing the world to the precipice of World War III, even though the White House had been informed at least a month earlier that Iran had no such program and had stopped efforts to develop one back in 2003.
A day after the release of the National Intelligence Estimate assessment on Iran's purportedly halted nuclear weapons program, President Bush once again demonstrated his well-practiced ability to repurpose facts or opinions to better serve his administration's aims.