The intelligence community over the next few months is going to come out with three different reports on Iran about internal political problems of Iran, about the economy, and about their nuclear capability.Italics mine.
Those are going to be key to decide what the Bush administration is going to do, and it's the intelligence community I think trying to slow down what the president, most particularly the vice president, want to do in Iran.
Somehow I have my doubts about this. I assume that, as usual, the intelligence reports will be phrased carefully enough that partisans on both sides will be able to find plenty of evidence to reinforce their own views. I don't know if Bush is champing at the bit to bomb Iran or not, but I'll be surprised if the intelligence community does anything to restrain him. Stay tuned.