The best thing to come out of the NIE is averting a Cheney-style attack that would have created a constitutional crisis and a potential security nightmare. The worst thing is that Iran's continuing capacity for a nuclear weapon breakout is unaffected. Kissinger isn't crazy. But here's another sign of the limits of the West's traction: Gazprom gets cozier with Tehran. More detail here. Poulos comments here.

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