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Saturday, February 11, 2006

Two Quick Stories

Happy Saturday.

Two quick stories, people.

Ex-CIA Official Faults Use of Data on Iraq

Walter Pincus' WaPo story came out yesterday.

Unfortunately, it'll be dead by...?
The former CIA official who coordinated U.S. intelligence on the Middle East until last year has accused the Bush administration of "cherry-picking" intelligence on Iraq to justify a decision it had already reached to go to war, and of ignoring warnings that the country could easily fall into violence and chaos after an invasion to overthrow Saddam Hussein.

Paul R. Pillar, who was the national intelligence officer for the Near East and South Asia from 2000 to 2005, acknowledges the U.S. intelligence agencies' mistakes in concluding that Hussein's government possessed weapons of mass destruction.

But he said those misjudgments did not drive the administration's decision to invade.

"Official intelligence on Iraqi weapons programs was flawed, but even with its flaws, it was not what led to the war," Pillar wrote in the upcoming issue of the journal Foreign Affairs. Instead, he asserted, the administration "went to war without requesting -- and evidently without being influenced by -- any strategic-level intelligence assessments on any aspect of Iraq."

"It has become clear that official intelligence was not relied on in making even the most significant national security decisions, that intelligence was misused publicly to justify decisions already made, that damaging ill will developed between [Bush] policymakers and intelligence officers, and that the intelligence community's own work was politicized," Pillar wrote.
We "libtards" knew this stuff a long time ago.

We knew that the Bushies wanted to invade Iraq - long before they entered the White House.

Didn't matter - we couldn't stop 'em.

'Coz if you're in the business of need war for business.
In his article, Pillar said he believes that the "politicization" of intelligence on Iraq occurred "subtly" and in many forms, but almost never resulted from a policymaker directly asking an analyst to reshape his or her results. "Such attempts are rare," he writes, "and when they do occur . . . are almost always unsuccessful."

Instead, he describes a process in which the White House helped frame intelligence results by repeatedly posing questions aimed at bolstering its arguments about Iraq.
"Has Saddam had any contact with Bin Laden?"


"Has Saddam had any contact with Bin Laden?"


"Has Saddam had any contact with Bin Laden?"


"Has Saddam had any contact with Bin Laden?"


"You sure about that?"

"No!!!! (Pause) Wait, what?"

"That's good enough for us."

The Bush administration, Pillar wrote, "repeatedly called on the intelligence community to uncover more material that would contribute to the case for war," including information on the "supposed connection" between Hussein and al Qaeda, which analysts had discounted. "Feeding the administration's voracious appetite for material on the Saddam-al Qaeda link consumed an enormous amount of time and attention."
"They kinda...look alike, don't you think?"

The result of the requests, and public statements by the president, Vice President Cheney and others, led analysts and managers to conclude the United States was heading for war well before the March 2003 invasion, Pillar asserted.

They thus knew, he wrote, that senior policymakers "would frown on or ignore analysis that called into question a decision to go to war and welcome analysis that supported such a decision. . . . [They] felt a strong wind consistently blowing in one direction.

The desire to bend with such a wind is natural and strong, even if unconscious."
Are they talking about this story on CNNFOXMSBC?

Yes? No?

It'll die by tomorrow.

Life in Bushworld.

Speaking of...

Bush administration moves to sell national forest land

But not to you and me.
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration will unveil a proposal Friday to sell up to 200,000 acres of national forest land in "isolated parcels" ranging from a quarter of an acre to 200 acres, much of it in California.

The sale is part of a National Forest Service plan to raise $800 million over the next five years to pay for rural schools in 41 states, offsetting shrinking revenues from sale of timber from national forests. The Bureau of Land Management also plans to sell federal lands to raise an estimated $182 million over five years.
Key sentence:
Jerry Taylor of the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, said the proposed land sales make sense.

"Private property will end up in the possession of those who value it the most," Taylor said.
Tell that to the Native Americans.

Actually, they heard that line A LONG TIME AGO.
"Private property will end up in the possession of those who value it the most," Taylor said.

"That is an iron law of economics."
And an "iron law" in Bushworld.

Do you care?

More later...


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