Release the NIE

What began with a blogosphere effort to get the Bush Administration to release the April NIE developed into quite the mainstream story. I've done my duty, discovering and fowarding on to TPM the information about my Senate and Congressional Representative's positions on releasing the document. Surprisingly, two out of three of my Republican representatives are for the release. Wait... why is that surprising? The damning part of the NIE has already been released, so unless it contains even worse news for the Administration, which is doubtful, releasing the key judgments of the report can only serve to muddy the currently clear lesson of this little episode. By releasing the full report, they'll have parts they can point to that say something along the lines of, "Yeah, Iraq is making us less safe, but if we left, then we'd be really less safe."

addendum: April National Intelligence Estimate Key Judgments:

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