Prevent the Knowledge, Not the Weapon

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"I've told people that if you're interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing Iran from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon." — George W. Bush, a couple months back.

I puzzled for a bit over that distinction between WMD knowledge and actual weapons at the time. In light of the new NIE, it's no wonder Bush was subtly trying to lower the bar for war.