Some in G.O.P. Say Iran Threat Is Played Down

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 — Some senior Bush administration officials and top Republican lawmakers are voicing anger that American spy agencies have not issued more ominous warnings about the threats that they say Iran presents to the United States.

So they are upset that the result they want from the intelligence community isn’t being produced?

Some policy makers have accused intelligence agencies of playing down Iran’s role in Hezbollah’s recent attacks against Israel and overestimating the time it would take for Iran to build a nuclear weapon.

The complaints, expressed privately in recent weeks, surfaced in a Congressional report about Iran released Wednesday. They echo the tensions that divided the administration and the Central Intelligence Agency during the prelude to the war in Iraq.

So why no propose changes to the system instead of attacking the reports?

Politicians should not be pressuring the intelligence community to create the outcomes they want – in either direction.

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