US Senate report says Bush misused Iraq intelligence (Mail&Guardian Online)

United States President George Bush and his top policymakers exaggerated Saddam Hussein’s links to terrorism and ignored doubts among intelligence agencies about Iraq’s arms programnes as they made their case for war, a Senate committee reported on Thursday.

The Senate intelligence committee said in a study that major Bush administration statements that Iraq had a partnership with al-Qaeda and provided it with weapons training were unsupported by intelligence, and sometimes contradicted it.

It also said statements on Iraq’s weapons before the March 2003 US-led invasion were substantiated in most cases by available US intelligence, but that they failed to reflect internal debate over those findings.

The long-delayed Senate study supported previous reports and findings that the administration’s main case for war — that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction — was inaccurate and deeply flawed…

US Senate report says Bush misused Iraq intelligence (Mail&Guardian Online)

Here we have the proof that the President and the Vice President repeatedly misled the nation into war.

They failed to acknowledge uncertainties within the intelligence community over Saddam’s alleged nuclear weapons program and his biological and chemical weapons.

They fast-forwarded the timeline when Saddam could actually acquire a nuclear weapon, and Cheney himself at one point prior to the war said Saddam had actually already “reconstituted” nuclear weapons.

Their claims that Iraq and Al Qaeda had a partnership and that Iraq was providing weapons training to Al Qaeda “were not substantiated by the intelligence.”

And their claims that Saddam was prepared to hand off WMD to terrorists for an attack against the United States “were contradicted by available intelligence information.”

n short, Bush and Cheney were making stuff up to buttress their case for war…

Senate Intelligence Report: Can You Say “Impeachment”? (The Progressive)

President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney knowingly lied to Congress and the public about the threat that Iraq posed to the United States in the months leading up to the March 2003 invasion, according to a long-awaited report from the Senate Intelligence Committee…

Senate Hits Bush, Cheney on Iraq Intel (Consortiumnews)

Claims by U.S. President George W. Bush and other top administration officials before the 2003 invasion of Iraq regarding Baghdad’s ties to al Qaeda and its weapons of mass destruction (WMD) program were generally not supported by the evidence that the U.S. intelligence community had at the time, according to a major new report by the Senate Intelligence Committee released last Thursday.

The long-awaited report, the last in a series published over the past several years by the committee, found that Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, in particular, frequently made assertions in the run-up to the war that key intelligence agencies could not substantiate or about which there was substantial disagreement within the intelligence community…

The two new reports are the last to be issued by the Senate Intelligence Committee on the use of intelligence by the administration before the war. Last year, the same committee issued a report on the administration’s failure to heed warnings by the intelligence community (including two major reports by the National Intelligence Council) that an invasion of Iraq and its subsequent occupation would likely benefit al Qaeda, boost political Islam throughout the region, and give rise to possibly violent conflict between various sectarian and ethnic groups within Iraq—all conclusions that were downplayed or ignored by senior administration officials at the time…

A Foregone Conclusion (Jim Lobe in Rightweb.irc)

US SENATE INTELLIGENCE REPORT ON WHETHER PUBLIC STATEMENTS REGARDING IRAQ BY U.S. GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WERE SUBSTANTIATED BY INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION

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One thought on “US Senate report says Bush misused Iraq intelligence (Mail&Guardian Online)

  1. Een hilarische uitspraak, die ik graag kwijt wil.
    George Bush, the US president, has said that he has no regrets about his decision to wage war in Iraq. "I don’t regret it at all," he said, during a visit to Germany to meet Angela Merkel, the country’s chancellor. "Removing Saddam Hussein made the world a safer place," he added.Reactie is geredigeerd

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