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Friday, November 11, 2005

Bush's Faulty Intelligence Arguments

The Washington Post has another must read story on Bush's recent attempts to justify his Iraqi invasion and the continuing deaths of American men and women in the armed services. The Post points out that while Congress saw some of the same intelligence before the war, that the Mr. Bush saw, Mr. Bush had access to much more intelligence, that he did not share with Congress. Furthermore, the bipartisan commission Mr. Bush touts in his defense, was not authorized to determine whether the Bush Administration lied or distorted the intelligence conclusions:

The administration's overarching point is true: Intelligence agencies overwhelmingly believed that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, and very few members of Congress from either party were skeptical about this belief before the war began in 2003. Indeed, top lawmakers in both parties were emphatic and certain in their public statements.

But Bush and his aides had access to much more voluminous intelligence information than did lawmakers, who were dependent on the administration to provide the material. And the commissions cited by officials, though concluding that the administration did not pressure intelligence analysts to change their conclusions, were not authorized to determine whether the administration exaggerated or distorted those conclusions.

The Post also points out that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hasn't completed its inquiry about whether or not the Bush Administration cooked the intelligence books:

But the only committee investigating the matter in Congress, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, has not yet done its inquiry into whether officials mischaracterized intelligence by omitting caveats and dissenting opinions. And Judge Laurence H. Silberman, chairman of Bush's commission on weapons of mass destruction, said in releasing his report on March 31, 2005: "Our executive order did not direct us to deal with the use of intelligence by policymakers, and all of us were agreed that that was not part of our inquiry."

Mr. Bush, it appears is the one guilty of the irresponsible act of re-writing the history of how the Iraq war began, as I mentioned in my previous post. He conveniently ignores the fact that he as the commander in chief has the most complete intelligence available. Intelligence that he does not, and did not completely share with Congress. Furthermore, it appears not everyone in the Bush Administration viewed Saddam as the threat Mr. Bush and Cheney painted him to be:

Even within the Bush administration, not everybody consistently viewed Iraq as what Hadley called "an enormous threat." In a news conference in February 2001 in Egypt, then-Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said of the economic sanctions against Hussein's Iraq: "Frankly, they have worked. He has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction."
In his most blatant (and irresponsible) attempt at rewriting the history of how the Iraq war began, Mr. Bush distorted the October 2002 joint resolution authorizing him to utilize force if necessary. Bush claimed Congress went along with his decision to remove Saddam, when in fact the resolution never mentioned removing Sadam:

Bush, in his speech Friday, said that "it is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how that war began." But in trying to set the record straight, he asserted: "When I made the decision to remove Saddam Hussein from power, Congress approved it with strong bipartisan support."

The October 2002 joint resolution authorized the use of force in Iraq, but it did not directly mention the removal of Hussein from power.

The resolution voiced support for diplomatic efforts to enforce "all relevant Security Council resolutions," and for using the armed forces to enforce the resolutions and defend "against the continuing threat posed by Iraq."

We should pressure our congressional representatives to move the inquiry in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence along with all due speed!

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