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January 14th, 2005

The same old lies, regurgitated. From ABC’s The Note:

Barbara Walters: This was our main reason for going in. So now when we read, “Okay, the search is over,” what do you feel?

President Bush: Well, like you, I felt like we’d find weapons of mass destruction. Or like many, many here in the United States, many around the world, the United Nations thought he had weapons of mass destruction, and so therefore, one, we need to find out what went wrong in the intelligence gathering.

I’ve already thoroughly debunked the lie about “the United Nations thought he had weapons of mass destruction” in this post. And the repeated statement that somehow the intelligence was at fault is just as much a lie. The Niger story, the “sixteen words” is evidence of that: our own intelligence was telling the White House that the Niger story about Saddam trying to buy uranium was false, so Bush instead turned to foreign intelligence sources and used them over the advice of his own intelligence people. As to the people who believed there were WMD, it must be pointed out that many did not, and those who did believed largely because Bush convinced them–circular evidence to justify that he believed there were WMD. The Bush administration was clearly cherry-picking evidence and then exaggerating what they had selected to such a degree that anyone who thinks it was the fault of the intelligence community is either ignorant of the facts or is in an extreme state of denial.

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  1. Tim Kane
    January 15th, 2005 at 04:20 | #1

    “And the smoking gun might just be a mush room cloud.”
    – Condaleeza Rice on the talk show Meet the Press.

    And this person is now taking over the state department. The United States government has become a giant parody of a legitimate, bonefide government.

    And our democracy has become a parody of a democracy.

    No one outside the United States respects it, neither will history. I hope Bush and co live long enough to find out what an embarassing parody they truely are.

  2. January 15th, 2005 at 17:16 | #2

    I’m twice reminded of another circular intelligence debacle, re: the Iraq War.

    The quote is from Arms Control Today (I linked to it here, but the link is dead. Now that I run my own server, I cache LOTS of stuff :)

    “The subcommittee found that Israeli intelligence agencies used information from foreign intelligence services without recognizing that the other states obtained the data from Israel in the first place.”

    I didn’t give enough context. It’s specifically related to “intelligence” concerning Iraqi WMD.

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