Thursday, September 07, 2006

SSCI Still Delaying Report on Pre-War Manipulation of Intelligence

The administration's manipulation of intelligence in the run-up to the Iraq war has been an issue for the past three years and a half years. If the White House has nothing to be ashamed about from their performance back then, why has the Senate intelligence committee so steadfastly dragged their feet in examining the facts?

Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas, the chairman of the committee, has been actively impeding the search for the truth. Now we find out that a report on the cooked intelligence will not be ready before the midterm elections.

To appease the pesky Democrats on the committee, Roberts has now deigned to schedule a vote to authorize the declassification and release of two non-threatening portions of the unfinished work in progress.

A long-awaited Senate analysis comparing the Bush administration's public statements about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein with the evidence senior officials reviewed in private remains mired in partisan recrimination and will not be released before the November elections, key senators said yesterday.

Instead, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence will vote today to declassify two less controversial chapters of the panel's report, on the use of intelligence in the run-up to the Iraq war, for release as early as Friday. One chapter has concluded that Iraqi exiles in the Iraqi National Congress, who were subsidized by the U.S. government, tried to influence the views of intelligence officers analyzing Hussein's efforts to create weapons of mass destruction. ...

The second compares prewar estimates of Iraq's alleged chemical, biological and nuclear programs with the findings of U.S. weapons hunters, who wrapped up their work empty-handed in December 2004.

The INC subterfuge is an old story, dating from the mid-1990's. Besides, it is not the greedy exiles who are to blame for spinning their yarns, it is the civilians at DOD who are to blame for buying their product.

The second part of the report -- about the missing WMD -- leaves huge openings for sophistry by apologists who can always claim that the weapons were spirited away to neighboring countries in the confusing days before our invasion. Some goopers are even now saying that we did actually find Saddam's weapons.

Everything here boils down to the fact that it is essential that no report that contains any real dirt is issued any time soon.

The White House will be needing to use the gambit again in the near future to prepare public opinion for the necessity of attacking Iran.


Blogger DrewL said...

Neighboring countries. Yeah, that's a good one. As if our vast surveillance technology wouldn't have picked that up in an instant. I don't think it would have been difficult to spot several large caravans of trucks heading toward Syria. We could have seen the tread wear on the tires from space.

They really do think we're stupid, don't they?

9/07/2006 10:51 PM  
Blogger Effwit said...


The currency of the apologists is the public's stupidity.

9/08/2006 8:10 AM  

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