by Gil Ronen
The National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) that downplayed the danger from
"If you simply change about three words you change the whole report," Gingrich said, adding that the report seems to have been "deliberately written to maximize the pain to the Bush administration." It was written by three former State Department officials who were "deeply opposed to what President Bush is doing," he said, and who wrote the report "to maximize confusion."
Gingrich characterized the NIE as "very misleading, very destructive and very unfortunate… almost a bureaucratic coup d'etat."
Military attack? Only as last resort
If read without the opening paragraph, Gingrich said, the report actually shows
Gingrich played down the importance of the report, predicting that "in a few weeks the report will almost be as if it never existed."
Gingrich said that a military attack on
Click here to listen now to the interview with Newt Gingrich (starts at 24:40 minute mark).
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