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SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT: 

OUR WASHINGTON FAIRYLAND – OVERNIGHT:  DESPITE SERIOUS INTELLIGENCE WARNINGS, WE ARE ABOUT TO MAKE A DEAL WITH ANOTHER INTERNATIONAL MONSTER.  FROM CBS:   The U.S. intelligence community has assessed that Iran will threaten Americans — both directly and via proxy attacks — and that Tehran remains committed to developing networks inside the U.S., according to the intelligence community's 2022 Annual Threat Assessment, published Tuesday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).  Now, with the U.S. on the cusp of a diplomatic accord with Iran over its nuclear program, as well as a potential deal regarding the release of four American prisoners, it is not clear whether the Biden administration can extract any further concessions or convince Tehran to cease its other malign activities, including any on U.S. soil.  CBS News has obtained two persistent threat assessments submitted to Congress by the State Department in January 2022 which cited a "serious and credible threat" on the lives of former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former Trump administration Iran envoy Brian Hook. These non-public assessments show that throughout 2021, and again in 2022, the State Department assessed the need to provide round-the-clock, U.S.-taxpayer funded diplomatic security details to both men.  The hefty security entourage that continues to travel with Pompeo, a potential 2024 Republican presidential candidate, has garnered attention during his public appearances including at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). The size of the detail rivals one that is typical for a current cabinet member.  Would you trust Iran?  Apparently, Joe Biden does.  And, after all, Barack Obama did, and it didn't interfere with his purchasing of three mansions since leaving office.  Hey, where's the problem?

March 8, 2022