Monday, November 14, 2005

You Can't Make This Stuff Up ...

In his Veterans Day speech, President Bush claimed that members of Congress who voted for the 2002 Iraq war resolution "had access to the same intelligence" as his administration. This is false.

As the Washington Post pointed out Saturday, "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."

For instance, in the lead up to war, the Bush administration argued that Iraq had made several attempts to "buy high-strength aluminum tubes used in centrifuges to enrich uranium for nuclear weapons." The White House sent 15 intelligence assessments to Congress supporting this notion, but according to the New York Times, "not one of them" informed readers that experts within the Energy Department believed the tubes could not be used to reconstitute a nuclear weapons program.

Even Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) -- who has led efforts to delay and downplay the need for investigating prewar intelligence -- confirmed this broader point yesterday.

Asked whether the differences between the intelligence available to the White House and to Congress was a "legitimate concern," Roberts acknowledged that it "may be a concern to some extent."

-- Center for American Progress, Nov. 14


Blogger don dzikowski said...

In the event JABBS has not already covered this evidence, here is a must read on the subject:
It's a report on a March 16, 2004 memo on a Minority Staff Special Investigations from the House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform.
The memo is quoted as offering dozens of specific instances where Bush, Cheney and Rice made public statements about the WMD threat despite the known and documented contrary findings of
International Atomic Energy Agency and the State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research.
Let's hear a reporter confront Bush or McClellan about the memo at an upcoming press conference. WHY MUST THIS BE A FANTASY? ISN'T THIS EXACTLY WHAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC SHOULD EXPECT OF THE MEDIA?
Here is my own assessment of what is really going on.
Bush and Co. clearly know they had lied about the evidences of WMD in the months leading up to the war.
However, the Bush administration was so cocky and confident that the U.S. military would quickly and cleanly overtake Iraq from Sadaam at minimal U.S. expense and casualties (as evidenced by Cheney's public statements at the time about the perceived outcome).
The Bush Administration, it was once thought, would be cheered on as heroes by Americans and Iraqis alike. The Republicans would have stablized their long-term power. Any misgivings or second thoughts about why we went to war would be conveniently swept under the rug in a swirl of patriotic flag-waving, music, parades, confetti.
Of course, the administration's utter incompetences in military planning meant that nothing could go as planned. The plan has instead blown up in the administration's face.
Hence, Bush Administration now finds itself in a position of making unsubstantiated bogus claims to cover up its earlier whoppers and mistakes.
It attempts to rewrite history through baselessly accusing others of rewriting history.
They get away with it as long as the MSM permits it, while truth and sanity have to fight for a voice.
The only solitude we have is the poll numbers indicating the Bush ship lolly pop is sinking.

2:46 PM  
Anonymous ash said...

Nice summary, Don. I too take (guardedly optimistic) solace in the fact that Bush has run smack into the old adage about fooling the people only so long.

4:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...
This columnist as well as JABBS does a nice job of using documented facts to show specific instances where Bush misled the public on known WMD intelligence in the run up to the war.
Yet we still have plenty of laughably imbalanced stories like the one on the AP wire today which allow Bush to spout, mostly unchallenged, empty rhetoric about the "Democrats" (not as truth would have it the independents, Republicans and the majority of Americans, mind you) "irresponsibly" claiming the Administration lied.
Who's gonna be that heroic reporter to finally set the record straight for the masses?

6:35 PM  

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