In the latest Newsweek, Michael HirshBush undercuts American credibility, again. - By Fred Kaplan - Slate Magazine
reports that, during a private conversation with Israeli Prime Minister
Ehud Olmert, Bush "all but disowned" the agencies' Dec. 3 National
Intelligence Estimate on Iran. A "senior administration official who
accompanied Bush" on the trip confided to Hirsh that Bush "told the
Israelis that he can't control what the intelligence community says,
but that [the NIE's] conclusions don't reflect his own views."
Bush has revealed here what we all suspected, that in the lead up to the war on Iraq, he was following "his own views" and not the studied ones of the intelligence agencies. Bush follows his "views" in all to many of his policy decisions, not facts.
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