THOUGHTS ON THE N.I.E., including this question: “If the 2005 estimate concluded that Iran had stopped its pursuit of nuclear weapons and the new one concluded that it was now close to fielding a weapon, would the administration’s critics be counseling caution or action?”

UPDATE: Reader Harry Eagar emails: “Shouldn’t the lede on the Iran N.I.E. stories have been: ‘Iran’s statement that its nuclear program was for peaceful energy production only is a lie’?”