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Iraq/Iran: Bush stays the course

The New York Times covers Bush's news conference yesterday, which was dominated by the new National Intelligence Estimate's conclusion that Iran stopped its nuclear program in 2003. "President Bush warned on Tuesday that Iran remained a threat despite an intelligence assessment that it had halted a covert program to develop nuclear weapons four years ago, as the administration struggled to save a diplomatic process now in disarray… Mr. Bush's remarks did little to silence critics, who have accused him of hyping the case for confronting Iran. Nor did it ease concerns of some allies."

The Washington Post: "The starkly different view of Iran's nuclear program that emerged from U.S. spy agencies this week was the product of a surge in clandestine intelligence-gathering in Iran as well as radical changes in the way the intelligence community analyzes information. Drawing lessons from the intelligence debacle over supposed Iraqi weapons of mass destruction, Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell required agencies to consult more sources and to say to a larger intelligence community audience precisely what they know and how they know it -- and to acknowledge, to a degree previously unheard of, what they do not know."