Sen. Kirk: 2007 intel assessment of Iranian nuke problem a 'screw up'

Kirk explained that he now views the infamous NIE as intended “to apologize by understating a threat” after, as many now say, “after overstating a threat.”

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He was referring to the intel community’s role in the George W. Bush administration’s justification for launching the Iraq war in 2003.

The senator revealed he has talked with the author of the 2007 intel assessment. “I could not be more dissatisfied with his work,” Krik said.