Friday, March 31, 2006

Bush Told Tubes for Convensional Weapons

We already know that the Yellow Cake story was based on bogus information and that Bush was warned that the information was bogus. Hence Bush's attribution of the Yellow Cake story to British intelligence.

Now we learn that Bush was told that the Aluminum Tubes were likely for conventional weapons development, not WMD, as he claimed.

So, even the two meager pieces of evidence Bush had were known to be not credible. That is, he was told that the evidence he was using was likely to be false, inaccurate or both.

The only conclusion is Bush invaded Iraq knowing they did not have a viable WMD program and that the WMD justification was just a pretext.

Karl Rove, President Bush's chief political adviser, cautioned other White House aides in the summer of 2003 that Bush's 2004 re-election prospects would be severely damaged if it was publicly disclosed that he had been personally warned that a key rationale for going to war had been challenged within the administration.


Hadley [Deputy National Security Adviser] was particularly concerned that the public might learn of a classified one-page summary of a National Intelligence Estimate, specifically written for Bush in October 2002. The summary said that although "most agencies judge" that the aluminum tubes were "related to a uranium enrichment effort," the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research and the Energy Department's intelligence branch "believe that the tubes more likely are intended for conventional weapons."

National Journal


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