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Is Fred Barnes Advocating Taking the Same Course of Action in Iran That Was Taken In Iraq?

Reported by Janie - June 1, 2006

Last night on Special Report, during a fairly tame "All Star Panel" discussing the possible diplomatic solution with Iran, regular Fred Barnes seemed to advocate rushing to judgment despite having what he referred to as "bad intelligence."

During the discussion, which specifically focused on joining direct talks with Iran, Barnes opined, "One of the problems here that I think Mort was touching on was the intelligence problem. There's a reason to speed this up, because the intelligence is terrible. I think President Bush believes this, I know Secretary Rumsfeld believes it, I think at the State Department they believe it as well. They don't know how fast the Iranians are reprocessing the uranium in order to get materials for a nuclear weapon. They have bad intelligence about what's going on in the hierarchy, the mullahs and the President, and so on. They don't know what's going on there, what they're thinking is there. So they want to move as quickly as possible, so as Mort said, you know, at the end of 2006 the Iranians don't suddenly announce they're on the verge of a nuclear weapon."

So we don't know if Iran has a nuclear weapon, we once again have "bad intelligence" (which Fox will never admit is due to losing an important source on this matter - outed CIA agent Valerie Plame who was tracking WMDs in Iran.), the President, Rumsfeld and the State Dept. all believe Iran is developing a weapon (are they going to recycle the "mushroom cloud" talking point again?), yet Barnes feels we should "speed this up, because the intelligence is terrible."

Does anyone else have a sickening sense of dĂŠjĂ  vu?

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