After holding a closed-door hearing on Iran yesterday, House intelligence committee chairman Silvestre Reyes (D-TX) suggested that — surprise, surprise — the Bush administration is misrepresenting the available intelligence on Iran:
I regard Iran as a threat to U.S. interests. By its actions, Iran clearly wants a nuclear weapon. Iran clearly supports international terrorism. And Iran clearly wants to undermine U.S. objectives in Iraq.
That said, we need to be very careful in our rhetoric. We don’t want to get into a situation where hyped intelligence leads us into another invasion and another conflict….
So, this topic requires more oversight. We are going to dive deeper into the intelligence. We are going to work to strengthen our collection and analysis in this area.
And we are going to insist that policymakers and military officials accurately convey intelligence to the American people.
The days of cherry-picking and hyping intelligence are over, and now we must stay focused on the facts.