That NIE Again ...
Tigerhawk notes a Stratfor report that claims "the European Union will impose its own sanctions against Iran if the U.N. Security Council fails to act or passes a weak resolution, the Jerusalem Post reported. The diplomats, speaking at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said the recent U.S. intelligence assessment on Iran would hardly change European policy toward the country."
I guess the Europeans were content to play the "good cop" as long as Washington played the "bad cop". Now that the current NIE has made that role harder to play, that essential role must be fulfilled by someone else. Which just goes to show that a lot of the criticism directed at Washington simply goes with the turf of being the leading power in the world. Probably nothing so scares the Left, in their heart of hearts, than the prospect that "US imperialism" should actually vanish and leave them to deal with the cruel world in whatever way they can.