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Thompson Says NIE Report Could Be "Too Good To Be True"

From CBS News' John Bentley, on the campaign trail with Fred Thompson:

Fred Thompson had more harsh words for the National Intelligence Estimate report on Iran today.

"It's awfully convenient for a lot of people: the administration gets to say its policies worked; the Democrats get to claim we should have eased up on Iran a long time ago; and Russia and China can claim sanctions on Iran are not necessary," said Thompson in Anderson, SC, today. "Who does it help out most of all? Iran."

He went to say that sanctions against Iran are still necessary, and told the crowd to keep one thing in mind: "Remember what your mama told you – if something appears to be too good to be true, it probably is."

Thompson also repeated his stance that the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) area of Alaska should be opened for drilling "so we're not so reliant on bad parts of the world," but admitted that it is "a relatively small part of the solution."

And since he was left out of the "don't ask, don't tell" discussion concerning gay servicemembers at the last debate, Thompson said he was in favor of the program. He explained that he supported it because it is a military issue, not a social issue.

"I depend on those who've spent a lot of time in the military and the people that I've talked to say it is a policy that is working," he said.