Pre-election freakout.

“the President is going to attack Iran to win the election!!

Yeah, right and:

Recall 2004, when Madeline Albright and Teresa Kerry told people that the Bush administration had already captured Osama bin Laden and would announce it right before the presidential elections. Recall also that John Kerry told people that George Bush was secretly planning to reinstate the draft after the presidential election, which would have been more of a November surprise, even though the only people proposing it were Democrats Charles Rangel and Fritz Hollings. (In fact, Democrats insisted on considering a draft in 2005.)

Alos, let’s not forget the Howard Dean theory on 9/11 — that the Bush administration had advance knowledge of it but allowed it to happen in order to gain politically from the war, saying it was an “interesting theory” during his presidential run in 2003-4. The Democrats responded to this conspiracy-mongering by putting Dean in charge of their party.

Chirac’s “help”

By Amir Taheri.
The Past:

It is now clear that Chirac’s assurances played a crucial role in persuading Saddam not to offer the concessions that might have prevented war and regime change. From his prison cell, former Iraqi Vice President Tariq Aziz told U.S. and Iraqi interrogators that Saddam was convinced that the French and, to a lesser extent, the Russians would save his regime at the last minute.

And now:

“Iran should not be asked to stop uranium enrichment as a precondition,” Chirac said. “And there is no sense to refer the Islamic Republic back to the Security Council.”

The NIE Report

Had I waited a day I would have found out that the NIE report does look at the question about the future. Can you imagine the Times and the Post putting spin on such a document??

Also, Sunday’s newspaper articles on the National Intelligence Estimate — by the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times — were “not representative of the complete document,” the White House said. That assessment was echoed by National Intelligence Director John D. Negroponte, whose office prepared the report.

“The Estimate highlights the importance of the outcome in Iraq on the future of global jihadism,” he said. If Iraq develops “a stable political and security environment, the jihadists will be perceived to have failed, and fewer jihadists will leave Iraq determined to carry on the fight elsewhere.”