"On Apr. 9, Gholam Reza Aghazadeh, the head of Iran's atomic energy agency, announced that the Islamic Republic had installed 7,000 centrifuges in its Nataz uranium enrichment facility. The announcement came one day after the US State Department announced it would engage Iran directly in multilateral nuclear talks. ... Thus our president fulfills a pattern in which new adminstrations place the failure of diplomacy on predecessors rather than on adversaries. The Islamic Republic is not a passive actor, however. Quite the opposite: While President Obama plays checkers, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni plays chess. The enrichment milestone is a testament both to Tehran's proactive strategy, and to Washington's refusal to recognize it. ... It was a ruse. Iranian officials were as insincere was European diplomats were greedy, gullible or both. Iranian officials now acknowledge that Tehran invested the benefits reaped into its nuclear program. ... When Mr. Obama declared on April 5 that 'All countries can access peaceful nuclear energy,' the state-run daily newspaper Resalat responded with a front page headline,' The United States capitulates to the nuclear goals of Iran'," Michael Rubin at the WSJ, 13 April 2009.
I agree with Bolton. I have no confidence in our intelligence establishment at all. It says what it's told.