Bush claims he was made aware of the NIE, that indicates Iran is not working towards nucler weapons, just last week. In August, he is told "we have some new information"...he wasn't told what the new information was.....and evidently Bush didn't ask what the new information was all about. He is famously incurious.
Either way, this guy is the biggest idiot to have ever served as the President of the USA.
UPDATE: Here's Joe Biden:
“Are you telling me a president who is briefed every single morning, who is fixated on Iran, is not told back in August that the tentative conclusion of 16 intelligence agencies in the United States government said they had abandoned their effort for a nuclear weapon in ’03?”UPDATE 2: Scott Horton writes in Harpers Magazine:
one highly reliable intelligence community source I consulted immediately after Hadley spoke answered my question this way: “This is absolutely absurd. The NIE has been in substantially the form in which it was finally submitted for more than six months. The White House, and particularly Vice President Cheney, used every trick in the book to stop it from being finalized and issued. There was no last minute breakthrough that caused the issuance of the assessment.”