Full Blown Ostrich Mode

According to the Washington Post, a new U.S. intelligence review says that Iran isn’t as close to making a nuclear weapon as originally thought.

A major U.S. intelligence review has projected that Iran is about a decade away from manufacturing the key ingredient for a nuclear weapon, roughly doubling the previous estimate of five years, according to government sources with firsthand knowledge of the new analysis.

The carefully hedged assessments, which represent consensus among U.S. intelligence agencies, contrast with forceful public statements by the White House. Administration officials have asserted, but have not offered proof, that Tehran is moving determinedly toward a nuclear arsenal. The new estimate could provide more time for diplomacy with Iran over its nuclear ambitions. President Bush has said that he wants the crisis resolved diplomatically but that “all options are on the table.”

The new National Intelligence Estimate includes what the intelligence community views as credible indicators that Iran’s military is conducting clandestine work. But the sources said there is no information linking those projects directly to a nuclear weapons program. What is clear is that Iran, mostly through its energy program, is acquiring and mastering technologies that could be diverted to bomb-making.

Phew, what a relief! Lets put this on the back burner now that we have years before Iran becomes a real threat.

But…

If the passive, anti-war, tree-hugging, goddess worshipping, pansies who conducted this new intelligence review are wrong…

Hundreds of thousands of people die.

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