John Bolton is making the outrageous claim that professionals in our intelligence community produced a "political" document (NIE) with the intent of making policy. The guy is a certifiable loon. He would have us believe that the analysts and administrators of 16 separate intelligence agencies conspired to down-play the danger posed by Iran. To anybody who has thought this through, the concept is absurd on the face of it. These 16 intelligence agencies had to come up with a consensus assessment, and the findings contained in the NIE must of necessity be moderate and qualified. The truth is probably a lot starker and more clear-cut, but the conclusions were moderated to accommodate doubts and uncertainties. The fact that Cheney et al held up this NIE for over a year suggests that the version drafted in 2006 may have been even more direct and more certain about the cessation of Iran's weapons program. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/05/AR2007120502234.html Bolton is not letting this die. He is beating the war-drum for the neo-cons, and attacking the loyalty and integrity of the employees of each of the 16 intelligence agencies in the process.