By CNN's Wolf Blitzer
(CNN) - President Obama took a very important step today when he ordered the U.S. intelligence community for the first time to routinely prepare national intelligence estimates “on the risk of mass atrocities and genocide.”
It’s a significant development. The intelligence community is always charged with preparing estimates on global national security issues: How close is Iran to building a nuclear bomb? Where are the most serious al Qaeda threats? What’s going on in North Korea? How secure is Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal? How vulnerable is the U.S. to cyberwarfare attack?