One good thing about the NY Times hatred of the President, when he the government goes soft on us, as with the case of this NIE report saying that Iran is no longer going for nukes, the Times will reverse itself and find information saying that maybe the report is flawed. In today’s Time they cast doubt on the the way some of the major findings of the report were arrived at. Basically they used Iranian Soldiers Notes:
The notes included conversations and deliberations in which some of the military officials complained bitterly about what they termed a decision by their superiors in late 2003 to shut down a complex engineering effort to design nuclear weapons, including a warhead that could fit atop Iranian missiles.
The Times also mentions what Professor Steinberg said yesterday:
The crucial judgments released on Monday said that while “we judge with high confidence that the halt lasted at least several years,” it also included the warning that “intelligence gaps discussed elsewhere in this Estimate” led both the Department of Energy and the National Intelligence Council “to assess with only moderate confidence that the halt to those activities represents a halt to Iran’s entire nuclear weapons program.”
When you take out the bureaucratic gobbley-gook the report says in English, “we are 100% sure they stopped the program a few years ago…but we are not sure that they didn’t start it again”. In fact since the report was based on a few soldiers notes, we don’t even know if it was that those soldiers fell out of favor and were taken off the project. Or that all of these notes were part of a disinformation program. Read the full article here: Details in Military Notes Led to Shift on Iran, U.S. Says