Wednesday, April 06, 2005


They Said What?

Over the last two nights Truespeak has been breaking down the recent report from the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities blah, blah, blah. Why? Because the actual media is too preoccupied with dead people to focus on the fact that we royally fucked up when we went to war in Iraq. After all, what's 1500 soldiers lives worth anyway? Shit, we got a dead Pope, here.

So what have we learned? Basically we've learned that the intelligence community failed to properly validate any information, failed to vet any of their sources, and based their entire conclusion on the testimony of of a person named Curveball who later turned out to be completely unreliable. Oh, and they ignored any evidence that was contrary to their preconceived notions about Iraq's WMD.

By December, 2002, (nearly two months before Powell's presentation to the UN and three months before the beginning of the Iraq invasion) the intelligence community was at odds with itself over the validity of their information. Serious questions were being raised during some heated high-level meetings. Yet time and time again, the American public was told that Iraq was known to possess weapons of "mass destruction/murder." There was no qualifier to any of these statements. They were blatant declarations of fact. We were told, without question, that he had them and would not hesitate to use them against us. We couldn't wait any longer.

Oh, how wrong that was. Let's climb aboard the wayback machine, shall we, and travel back in time to those three months between December, 2002, when the questions first arose and March, 2003, when the invasion began. Let's see just what we were told.

Nineteen times in three months and this doesn't include any statements from Cheney or Rumsfeld. And all this time, there were questions about the veracity of the intelligence.

Now some have argued that you can't blame Bush because he was given bad information. But I think Ickabod says it best when he says:

Clearly not.

Look, Bill Clinton was in favor of regime change in Iraq. I think most people would have been happy to see Saddam removed from power, but regime change alone was not going to sell this war to the American people. Bush knew that. Without the charges of WMD, this was a dead issue. During the run-up to the invasion, Bush and the rest of his administration sold this war to the American public using false claims. For the last three months prior to the war the intelligence community couldn't come to a consensus on whether or not the information was reliable. We clearly could have waited another couple of months to know for sure. But had we waited and found out the information was unreliable, the invasion wouldn't have happened. Bush had to act when he did whether he had good information or not.

What it comes down to is this: George W. Bush, his administration, and the intelligence community misled the American public into a war that has cost our nation over 1500 lives. This was either a fuck-up of colossal proportion or this was the deadliest lie ever told to the American people. Either way, this administration should be ashamed.

But don't you all worry your pretty little heads about this little old report. Shit, we got a dead Pope, here.

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