He noted that criticism of the revised report was blocked from publication by CIA censors who reviewed his newspaper column, “including my serious concern that it manipulated intelligence evidence.”
“It is unacceptable that Iran is on the brink of testing a nuclear weapon while our intelligence analysts continue to deny that an Iranian nuclear weapons program exists,” he said.
A more detailed critique of the 2007 intelligence report can be found in this reporter’s 2008 book, “The Failure Factory.”
NSC CLASH ON CHINA
Congressional Republicans say a key player involved in the Obama administration’s policy of refusing to sell needed arms to Taiwan is Evan S. Medeiros, a pro-China academic now well-placed to influence policy as White House National Security Council specialist on the Chinese military.
Republicans staff aides and a defense official told Inside the Ring that they believe Mr. Medeiros is behind efforts to block the release to Congress of the Pentagon’s annual report on the Chinese military, completed months ago and due to Capitol Hill on March 1. The report is being held back to avoid upsetting the Chinese, who routinely denounce the report.
Mr. Medeiros also is being blamed for preventing the U.S. sale of 66 advanced F-16 jets to Taiwan that is expected to anger Beijing and for holding up a new sale of equipment to upgrade Taiwan’s existing F-16s. And the sources say he has used bureaucratic delaying tactics to block the release of a second Pentagon report to Congress on the shifting air power balance in the Taiwan Strait.
White House spokesman Tommy Vietor declined requests from Inside the Ring to interview Mr. Medeiros. But Mr. Vietor said any assertion that Mr. Medeiros is behind the delays is “completely wrong and wildly uninformed.”
Other China specialists in the intelligence community say Mr. Medeiros advocates an ideological view that exaggerates Chinese sensitivities to any U.S. effort to deal realistically with India, Japan and others in addressing the China threat.
A reading of some his work shows he is an adherent of the diminishing view among academic analysts of China who assert that China's military poses little or no threat, and that Beijing’s policies are generally benign — claims that have come under increasing skepticism.
Last year, while in his National Security Council post, Mr. Medeiros co-wrote a journal article in International Security on China’s nuclear forces that stated China has a small nuclear force that is not useful for warfighting and is mainly for deterrence and to prevent nuclear blackmail.View Entire Story
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Bill Gertz is a national security columnist for The Washington Times and senior editor at The Washington Free Beacon (www.freebeacon.com). He has been with The Times since 1985.
He is the author of six books, four of them national best-sellers. His latest book, “The Failure Factory,” on government bureaucracy and national security, was published in September 2008.
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