Thursday, March 31, 2005
The Absolution of the Bush
By KATHERINE SHRADER, Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON - In a scathing report, a presidential commission said Thursday that America's spy agencies were "dead wrong" in most of their judgments about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction before the war and that the United States knows "disturbingly little" about the
threats posed by many of the nation's most dangerous adversaries. The commission called for dramatic change to prevent future failures. It outlined 74 recommendations and said President Bush could implement most of them without action by Congress.
The report was the latest somber assessment of intelligence shortfalls that a series of investigative panels have made since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Numerous investigations have concluded that spy agencies had serious intelligence failures before the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks against the United States.
The report implicitly absolves the Bush administration of manipulating the intelligence used to launch the 2003 Iraq war, putting the blame for bad intelligence directly on the intelligence
community. END QUOTE.
So our colossal violation of Article VI of the Constitution and the Nuremberg Statutes against wars of aggression is not the president's responsibility at all! It was an intelligence thing! Those evil CIA and NSA people! They fed the baby bad food. That is what this sounds like. Can't GW Bush take responsibility for ANYTHING?
QUOTE: "The daily intelligence briefings given to you before the Iraq war were flawed," the report said. "Through attention-grabbing headlines and repetition of questionable data, these briefings overstated the case that Iraq was rebuilding its WMD programs." END QUOTE.
Bush tried to blame the intelligence establishments before, I recall. And he even had one agent outed to satisfy his spite against genuine agents and anaylsts of intelligence. Yes, we all say it was leaked, but if an administration leaks, the final responsibility is that of the executive. Step up to the plate, Dubya.
QUOTE: The commission was formed by Bush a year ago to look at why U.S. spy agencies mistakenly concluded that Iraq had stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, one of the administration's main justifications for invading in March 2003.
"We conclude that the intelligence community was dead wrong in almost all of its prewar judgments about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction," the commission said in a report to the president. "This was a major intelligence failure." END QUOTE.
Or perhaps the blander assertions of mainline intelligence organizations were drowned out by a major con job or sales pitch performed by Paul Wolfowitz and Donald Rumsfeld. Remember,
Bush wanted this war and would have waged it regardless of the intelligence.
QUOTE: The main cause, the commission said, was the intelligence community's "inability to collect good information about Iraq's WMD programs, serious errors in analyzing what information it could gather and a failure to make clear just how much of its analysis was based on
assumptions rather than good evidence. END QUOTE.
QUOTE: "This is not `politicization'," the panel said of its own report. "It is a necessary part of the intelligence process." ... END QUOTE.
"I am not a crook", the Pope is not a Catholic, and an adult Polar Bear won't rip your head off with one swipe.
Some people just believe anything.
It does not:
1. disclose the names of those on the "presidential commission" or just
when and where it met.
2. question the premise & conclusion of the report.
3. gather external, authoritative comment from multiple sources.
4. form its own fact-based conclusion, or report an external conclusion
on the veracity of the report.
This article could have been planted by the government.
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