Blair vs. Mullen on Iranian Nukes
12:29 PM, Mar 13, 2009 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
Josh Rogin reports for CQ:
Blair has been badly damaged by his appointment and subsequent defense of Chas Freeman, both of which showed incredibly poor political judgment if nothing else. Now Blair is claiming that the Iranians aren't actually working on building a bomb, in line with the "consensus view" of the 2007 NIE -- the worst NIE since the 2002 NIE that said Saddam was sitting on a stockpile of biological and chemical weapons. If there is no intervention, Iran is likely to have a nuclear capacity before the end of Obama's term. It will be a spectacular intelligence failure -- on par with the missing Iraqi weapons of mass destruction -- if Iran goes nuclear while the American IC is still insisting they have "not yet made the decision to do so."
My bet is that Mullen doesn't need 16 separate intelligence services to tell him what's patently obvious to everyone outside the Office of the Director of National Intelligence: the Iranians have made a decision to build a nuclear weapon.