January 08, 2004

Weapons of Mass Destruction

Perhaps the biggest reason to impeach Bush (and Cheney!) today:

FT.com / World: Bush administration officials "systematically misrepresented" the threat from Iraq's weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to war, according to a new report to be published on Thursday by a respected Washington think-tank. These distortions, combined with intelligence failures, exaggerated the risks posed by a country that presented no immediate threat to the US, Middle East or global security, the report says. The study from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace concludes that, though the long-term threat from Iraq could not be ignored, it was being effectively contained by a combination of UN weapons inspections, international sanctions and limited US-led military action....

It concludes that before 2002 the US intelligence community appears to have accurately perceived Iraq's nuclear and missile programmes, but overestimated the threat from chemical and biological weapons. But it also says that during 2002, published intelligence became excessively politicised. A "dramatic shift" in intelligence assessments during the year was one sign that "the intelligence community began to be unduly influenced by policymakers' views sometime in 2002". The report says administration officials misrepresented the threat in three ways.... lumping together the high likelihood that Iraq had chemical weapons with the possibility that it had nuclear weapons, a claim for which there was no serious evidence. The administration also insisted without evidence that Saddam Hussein, the former Iraqi leader, would give WMD to terrorists. Finally, officials misused intelligence... "the wholesale dropping of caveats, probabilities and expressions of uncertainty present in intelligence assessments from public statements," it says.

The Carnegie assessment concluded: "There is no evidence of any Iraqi nuclear programme", contrary to assertions by Dick Cheney, vice-president, and others in 2002. It notes that since the war the US-led coalition has found no chemical weapons or programmes and no biological weapons or agents...

Posted by DeLong at January 8, 2004 11:48 AM | TrackBack

Comments

Intelligence misinterpretation + Occupation misplanning + Budget deficits + Delayed recovery + Downer cow policy + Old-growth chain-sawing = SHORTSIGHTEDNESS WE CANNOT AFFORD.

Posted by: Lee A. on January 8, 2004 12:21 PM

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God bless Jessica Tuchman Mathews.

Posted by: Tecla on January 8, 2004 02:03 PM

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+ Lack of petro-energy reduction policy, goddarn it!

Posted by: Lee A. on January 8, 2004 05:12 PM

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+ Estate-tax-free aristocracy (there's a corker!)

+ Smokestack mercury (will any of you know anybody THAT ONE poisons and destroys?)

Posted by: Lee A. on January 8, 2004 07:17 PM

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We shouldn't forget valerie Plame, the wife of the ambassador to Iraq, Joesph Wilson. She was a CIA operative. The Cia as we should remember, advised the Bush adminastration that Iraq had no real WMD's or Nuke capabilities. Bush goes on & lies & says the contrary to the intelligence information. The name of Valerie Plame is then leaked to the media; her cover is blown & life in jeopardy. The leak: Robert Novak, coulmnist for the right wing.
Another bit of semi related information is the suicide or death of david kelly, a British UN inspector for weapons in Iraq. Kelly had "sexed up" the report on weapons in Iraq that gave Tony Blair's ammunition to support the U.S. in their conquest to invade Iraq.
Finally, the perverbial side dish to the Bushy mentality is their participation in the Columbian Interdiction program that for no other reason than suspicion of trafficing drugs, planes flying over Columbia can be shot down. The planes can be shot down with or without U.S. advisory information or intelligance.
all ths information is on the Web, I couldn't make this stuff up.

Posted by: jeff on January 9, 2004 02:20 AM

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