4/03/2005

More on Bush WMD lies

Susan at Suburban Guerrilla sums up Eric Alterman's take on Bush's lies about WMD:
Here are few quotes for Altercation readers to keep in mind when examining the just-released intel report that sticks the blame for the lies the administration told about Iraq on the professional intelligence community, rather than with the Bush administration where it so clearly belongs: They are all drawn from The Book on Bush, and the original citations can be found therein.
An Army intelligence officer quoted in TIME. "Rumsfeld was deeply, almost pathologically distorting the intelligence." A former defense intelligence official who attended some of the meetings in which Wolfowitz and others pressed for a different approach to the assessments they were receiving, quoted in The Washington Post, "They were the browbeaters…In interagency meetings," he said, "Wolfowitz treated the analysts' work with contempt." Patrick Lang, a former head of Middle Eastern affairs in the Defense Intelligence Agency, in The New Republic, on conclusions that did not jibe with administration war aims, “They were encouraged to think it over again." Moreover when analysts warned that the Iraqi people might not welcome an invading force and that the Shiite clergy might cause particular problems, "The guys who tried to tell them that came to understand that this advice was not welcome." A former staff member of the Senate Intelligence Committee quoted in The New Republic: "People [kept] telling you first that things weren't right, weird things going on, different people saying, 'There's so much pressure, you know, they keep telling us, go back and find the right answer,' things like that. A former military intelligence officer quoted in The Washington Post, “It was a foregone conclusion that every photo of a trailer truck would be a `mobile bioweapons lab' and every tanker truck would be `filled with weaponized anthrax.” A former CIA agent quoted in The New Yorker: who resigned over his “sense that they were using the intelligence from the C.I.A. and other agencies only when it fit their agenda. They didn’t like the intelligence they were getting, and so they brought in people to write the stuff. They were so crazed and so far out and so difficult to reason with—to the point of being bizarre. Dogmatic, as if they were on a mission from God.” A Defense Intelligence Agency quoted in The New York Times, "The American people were manipulated." Remember all of these quotes have been available for between eighteen months and two years. I found them during the summer of 2003 when I was drafting the book. So could have any writer, reporter, senator, (or Secretary of State) who cared enough to look.

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