The New York Times reported last week that Iran had begun to deploy a new generation of centrifuges that can be used to fuel nuclear reactors or, after more processing, nuclear weapons. This revelation came days after the U.S. director of national intelligence, Mike McConnell, told Congress that he now regrets how his agency's National Intelligence Estimate about the Iranian drive for nuclear weapons was written because it gave the world the impression that Iran had no interest in nukes.
The upshot of McConnell's comments, coupled with the news about the centrifuges, shows again that the N.I.E. may have been dangerously wrong; in fact, it may have neatly derailed the administration's push for more sanctions on Tehran.
The facts appear to indicate that Iran seems to be still on track for nuclear development. It may be too late to completely undo the damage that has been done, but the clear and present danger from Iranian nukes should motivate everyone in Washington — on both sides of the political aisle — to take some action on this issue.