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Bush On The Defensive Over New Iran Intel

Posted by alanmirs on December 5, 2007

Wednesday, December 5, 2007


Bush On The Defensive Over New Iran Intel

One day after the release of a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) that concludes Iran does not currently have a nuclear weapons program, President Bush held a press conference in which he urged key allies to maintain the current pressure on the Islamic Republic. In fact, the AP reports, Bush said the new intel "contradicting earlier US assessments…would not prompt him to take off the table the possibility of pre-emptive military action against Iran."

 Media accounts of the press conference are almost universally negative toward the President. ABC World News, for example, said last night Bush "was instantly and consistently defensive." NBC Nightly News prefaced its report saying, "The ‘Washington Post’ is running an analysis story on the internet for tomorrow’s paper with the headline, ‘Neck Snapping Spin’ from the President. They’re talking about the President’s news conference today." (The piece NBC referred to was in fact an online opinion piece not intended for the newspapers’ print edition by Dan Froomkin.) NBC also reported Bush was "a president on the defensive."




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