Everyone lets please ignore Mark Mazzetti’s reporting:
A new assessment by American intelligence agencies concludes that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 and that the program remains on hold, contradicting an assessment two years ago that Tehran was working inexorably toward building a bomb. [...]
The assessment, a National Intelligence Estimate that represents the consensus view of all 16 American spy agencies, states that Tehran’s ultimate intentions about gaining a nuclear weapon remain unclear, but that Iran’s “decisions are guided by a cost-benefit approach rather than a rush to a weapon irrespective of the political, economic and military costs.”[...]
The new report concludes that if Iran were to end the freeze of its weapons program, it would still be at least two years before Tehran would have enough highly enriched uranium to produce a nuclear bomb. But it says it is still “very unlikely” Iran could produce enough of the material by then.
The only appropriate response to this is to do what we’ve done already with IAEA information on Iran, with IAEA information on Iraq, and with Intelligence and Research Bureau information on Iran: ignore it.
Note, after all, that this assessment of the Iranian political system is in line with what the overwhelming majority of experts on Iran think, so we should do what we’ve been doing with regional experts for the past six years: ignore them.
Islamofascism is on the march. Deniers and appears must be ignored.
I, for one, am confident that we can pull Operation Ignore off with sufficient hope not only from the Bush administration but also from the Washington Post editorial page which, I trust, can treat us to more sermons on how the people generating the alarmism are the ones really trying to stave off war.