March 11, 2006

You mean they were going to war no matter what happened, facts be damned? I'm Shocked!

A little story you may have missed, seeing as it got about 1/5,394,225th the coverage in the media as say, ongoing coverage of some missing white woman. Share it with your ditto-head friends and laugh at their continued attempts to pretend we invaded Iraq for any reason other than greed and empire and "He tried to kill my Daddy."
The former CIA official who coordinated U.S. intelligence on the Middle East until last year has accused the Bush administration of "cherry-picking" intelligence on Iraq to justify a decision it had already reached to go to war, and of ignoring warnings that the country could easily fall into violence and chaos after an invasion to overthrow Saddam Hussein.
Paul R. Pillar, who was the national intelligence officer for the Near East and South Asia from 2000 to 2005, acknowledges the U.S. intelligence agencies' mistakes in concluding that Hussein's government possessed weapons of mass destruction. But he said those misjudgments did not drive the administration's decision to invade.

"Official intelligence on Iraqi weapons programs was flawed, but even with its flaws, it was not what led to the war," Pillar wrote in the upcoming issue of the journal Foreign Affairs. Instead, he asserted, the administration "went to war without requesting -- and evidently without being influenced by -- any strategic-level intelligence assessments on any aspect of Iraq."

"It has become clear that official intelligence was not relied on in making even the most significant national security decisions, that intelligence was misused publicly to justify decisions already made, that damaging ill will developed between [Bush] policymakers and intelligence officers, and that the intelligence community's own work was politicized," Pillar wrote.

Pillar's critique is one of the most severe indictments of White House actions by a former Bush official since Richard C. Clarke, a former National Security Council staff member, went public with his criticism of the administration's handling of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and its failure to deal with the terrorist threat beforehand.

It is also the first time that such a senior intelligence officer has so directly and publicly condemned the administration's handling of intelligence.

Pillar, retired after 28 years at the CIA, was an influential behind-the-scenes player and was considered the agency's leading counterterrorism analyst. By the end of his career, he was responsible for coordinating assessments on Iraq from all 15 agencies in the intelligence community. He is now a professor in security studies at Georgetown University.


At 3/12/2006 6:11 AM, Blogger diehard said...

You'll never go broke underestimating the gulability of the American people. But its not all there fault.
We really do not have a free press in this country.
So whatever nonsense they spew out, the people believe it to be true.
Foe instance the connection of 9/11 to Saddam Huissen. Not at all true,never was,never will be.
But to this day you have these country music/pretend cowboys like Clint Black that give concerts because they'support the troops'[ whatever that means], and say that well after 9/11 we had to go to war with Iraq! Huh?!!
That's like saying after Fort Sumter fell Lincoln should have declared war on England.


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