Saturday, April 02, 2005

US intelligence brimming over with wrongability

The intelligence community in the United States, despite a large budget and mass-spying legislation that broadens federal powers while eroding an individual's constitutional rights, were "dead wrong" in most of their judgments about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction before the war.

The US presidential report goes on to say that the US knows "disturbingly little" about the threats posed by many of the nation's most dangerous adversaries.

"We conclude that the intelligence community was dead wrong in almost all of its pre-war judgments about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. We simply cannot afford failures of this magnitude."
"The report implicitly absolves the Bush administration of manipulating the intelligence used to launch the 2003 Iraq war, putting the blame for bad intelligence directly on the intelligence community."
"Across the board, the intelligence community knows disturbingly little about the nuclear programs of many of the worlds most dangerous actors. In some cases, it knows less now than it did five or 10 years ago."
That said, I am not convinced that George W. Bush, and by way of blood spatter convergence our very own HoWARd, is free from responsibility.

Any mid-level public servant will ask for supporting data for any claim that involves using government owned paperclips let alone funding a preemptive strike.

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Blogger weezil said...

Suki, wrongability and delayed wrongabilty are part & parcel of Americana.

FBI have just found explosives left over from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing under Terry Nichols' house... 10 years after the fact.

Though Nichols has been jailed for about 7 years now, the house has been continuously occupied by renters... sleeping just a twitch away from old blasting caps and dynamite.

How about the internet study that was 7 years late?

It's the Greatest Country on Earth, I tell ya! Only in America!

4:07 am  
Blogger suki said...

Weez, tell me honestly, at what point should I be very scared at HoWARd's slavish following of the US/Bush doctrine?

11:32 am  
Blogger weezil said...

Suki, you don't need to worry until the lag time between Australian legislation and it's fraternal twin in Jesusland drops to under 30 days.

At that time, look for the Union Jack to be removed form the Aussie flag & replaced with the stars and bars.

12:27 pm  
Blogger Le Driver said...

It's kind of worrying that the world has grown so comfortable with the fact that the WMD story was a lie that even the Whitehouse is admitting it.

There was a time when all of us expected more from our leaders.

10:45 pm  
Blogger suki said...

le driver, well put and sadly very true.
Let's just keep at these leaders and remind them that some of us demand very much more from them and we will not be silent!

10:18 pm  

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