The Zero Confidence Administration
I was young when Ronnie Regan held the high office, and I met Bush Senior at a Halloween parade, he gave me a Milky Way when I was 9. While I knew they were dishonest people, every once in a while I would hear them speak and say, oh, ok, that makes sense. But, not these guys, no sir, you cannot even believe a tenth of the rhetoric. This article makes a good point on this front.
First, it suggests that the Bush administration could have struck a deal to halt the North Koreans' nuclear-weapons program five years ago—before they reprocessed 8,000 nuclear fuel rods into plutonium, before they tested a nuclear bomb for the first time, before they officially became a "nuclear-weapons state."
Second (and this is the reason for the "no-confidence" stamp), it shows that Bush and his people will say anything, no matter whether it's true, in order to shore up a political point. It means that U.S. intelligence has become completely corrupted.
It would be nice to know whether Iran is supplying Iraqi insurgents with particularly deadly explosives. It would be nice to know how far along the Iranians are coming with their (quite real) enriched-uranium program. It would be nice to know lots of things about this dangerous world. Or it would, at least, be nice to have a true sense of how much our intelligence agencies know about such things.