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Correcting the Rewritten Record

7:10 PM, Sep 23, 2011 • By MICHAEL ANTON
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But the intelligence community’s effort to take credit for the eventual outcome is unseemly when the intelligence community not only played no role in making it happen but by its own account did everything it could to make sure it didn’t happen.

Hayden ends by declaring, “we got al-Kibar right.” Yes and no. At least in retrospect, everyone involved seems willing to acknowledge that the al-Kibar reactor was part of a nuclear weapons program. But at the time, by all accounts—including those meant as exculpatory to IC—it’s clear that the community at the very least wanted to have it both ways and at most wanted to use its role to limit the president’s options.

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