It was the driving force in justifying the need for a war to rid Iraq of it's nuclear capacity (that it never had), it's bio-weapons capacity (that it never had) and it's chemical weapons stocks (that had already been destroyed). Most of the over the top and absurd claims that the Bush administration spouted about the need for invading Iraq, originated in this office.
The Office of Special Plans was born because the administration felt that intelligence that they were getting from the experts was not alarmist enough. It appears that some now feel the same way about the intelligence they are getting about Iran.
A congressional sub committee is issuing a report blasting the US intelligence community for it failings in Iran.
A key House committee issued a stinging critique of U S intelligence on Iran yesterday, charging that the CIA and other agencies lack ``the ability to acquire essential information necessary to make judgments" on Tehran's nuclear program, its intentions, or even its ties to terrorism.
The 29-page report, principally written by a Republican staff member on the House Intelligence Committee who holds a hard-line position on Iran, fully backed the White House position that Iran is moving forward with a nuclear weapons program and that it poses a significant danger to the United States.
In other words, we believe it to be so, and since you have not been able to prove that you have failed.
It could be that, yes, the CIA and the rest of the US intelligence forces have failed, that Iran is only weeks away from a nuclear weapon, and that the very first weapon they develop is headed straight to the US.
It could also be that Iran has no pressing nuclear weapon abition, and while they do have a long term goal of being nuclear capable, they are not rushing to that goal. Discovering proof of an agressive nuclear terrorist plan can be very difficult, if that plan doesn't in fact exist.
But, since the CIA has not proven the hypothesis of the gravely terrified and paranoid wing of the republican party, the only option is that they failed.