Thursday, December 06, 2007

Israel had NIE before Bush?

Based on these public statements Israel had the NIE before Bush.

According to Haaretz, Israel has known about the Iran NIE “for more than a month. The first information on it was passed on to Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and to Shaul Mofaz, who is the minister responsible for the strategic dialog with the Americans. The issue was also discussed at the Annapolis summit by Barak and U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and it seems also between Bush and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.” But Bush claims he didn’t get briefed on the NIE until last Wednesday.

Is this OK? What other countries do we share the NIE with before it is released publically?

However, in this case I think Bush is just lying or he just kept himself out of the loop. Still, pretty interesting.

Think Progress


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for all your hard work. Very interesting blog.

12/06/2007 10:59:00 PM  

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