On the WMD beat, everything old is new again

U.S. News says Cheney thinks the CIA is weak on Iran.

Tim Grieve
May 18, 2006 6:24PM (UTC)

Maybe it's too early for prewar nostalgia, but it sure is starting to feel like 2002 all over again.

Earlier this week, we had Judith Miller back writing about WMD, and now -- from U.S. News and World Report via Josh Marshall -- there's this: "Some Bush administration officials are unhappy with the consensus intelligence community assessment that Iran could attain a weapons capability sometime between 2010 and 2015, based on assumptions about its ability to overcome technical problems. More-hawkish officials view the CIA, scorched by criticism over its exaggerated reports on Iraqi nuclear efforts, as timid on Iran, and Vice President Dick Cheney is said to have recently criticized the intelligence assessment in private as 'too cautious.'"


We would have thought that the Bush administration's man at the CIA would have solved that sort of problem by now. But then, we also would have thought that the White House would have cared when the CIA produced evidence that Saddam Hussein didn't have any WMD before the war in Iraq began.

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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