So why did the NIE come out today? Scott Horton hears from his contacts that the administration push to war was overwhelmed by the objections from the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the intelligence community, and Israel to the Bush plans for carrying out an air war against Iran. We know the administration doesn't give a damn about the opinion of intelligence community or even the Joint Chiefs of Staff, so perhaps it was the Israeli objection that finally made them realize they couldn't pull off their next war? But as Horton noted:
“But I’d leave that with a final note of caution,” the source added, “Cheney sometimes appears to give up, but he’s a tenacious son-of-a-bitch. He may very well be back at it tomorrow.”
Tenacious is one way to describe him. An obsessive nutcase is another.
Have an open thread.