After the Soviets invaded Afghanistan in 1979, Mr. Schlesinger told him, "I'm sorry, Zal. Afghanistan is never going to be free again. Once the Soviets are in, they will not go out."
Mr. Schlesinger noted fissile material production is widely regarded as the "long pole in the tent" of nuclear arms programs, and "thus the NIE defines away what has been the main element stirring international alarm regarding Iran's nuclear activity."
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