Thursday, March 02, 2006

What Bush Knew about Iraq.

Bush new Iraq posed zero threat, and so did his neocon handlers.

Two highly classified intelligence reports delivered directly to President Bush before the Iraq war cast doubt on key public assertions made by the president, Vice President Cheney, and other administration officials as justifications for invading Iraq and toppling Saddam Hussein, according to records and knowledgeable sources.

The president received highly classified intelligence reports containing information at odds with his justifications for going to war.

The first report, delivered to Bush in early October 2002, was a one-page summary of a National Intelligence Estimate that discussed whether Saddam's procurement of high-strength aluminum tubes was for the purpose of developing a nuclear weapon.

Among other things, the report stated that the Energy Department and the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research believed that the tubes were "intended for conventional weapons," a view disagreeing with that of other intelligence agencies, including the CIA, which believed that the tubes were intended for a nuclear bomb.

The other report found Saddam unlikely to attack the US.

National Journal


Blogger doug8301 said...

although i completely share in your distaste for our current president, your argument relies heavily on the warrant that we have reliable intelligence. History has shown us that U.S. intelligence is far from reliable. It is in fact, so unreliable that our goernment and intelligence allowed our president, George W. Bush, to make an egregous and completely erronous comment in his 2003 state of the union address, stating that "the British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium form Africa."
Since than it can be argued that our intelligence has improved, but theres no concrete way to actually prove it. My recommendation would be, take nothing at face value.

3/02/2006 10:58:00 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

The point is bush had the correct information at his fingertips and ignored it.

3/03/2006 03:42:00 PM  

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