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McCain: Intelligence Failure
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
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John McCain, like Hillary Clinton and many other Washington warriors, justifies the Iraq war by insisting that before we invaded every intelligence service in the world thought Saddam Hussein had WMD. McCain repeated the claim for the umpteenth time just last week. Since heís never called on this particular brazen lie, it appears the press either canít read or has no short term memory.

Because the British didnít think anything of the kind. Remember the Downing Street memos? The chief of British intelligence returned from Washington meetings with top NSC officials in 2002 and concluded ďMilitary action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy. The NSC had no patience with the UN route, and no enthusiasm for publishing material on the Iraqi regime's record. There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action.Ē

Also in 2002, Hans Blix of the UN and Mohamed ElBaradei of the IAEA reported to the UN Security Council on their renewed inspections of Iraqís potential WMD sites. They found no evidence of WMD, and expected their remaining unresolved questions would find answers with further inspections.

Maybe John McCain doesnít consider our closest allyís intelligence to be of any value. They do eat jellied eel after all. Plus they donít play baseball. Perhaps he feels the United Nationís exhaustive inspections were untrustworthy. It must have something to do with those black helicopters. And itís true the CIA, or at least its leadership, thought the Iraqis had WMD, although only conjecture and no facts supported that conclusion. Then again, as Tim Wiener writes in Legacy of Ashes, the CIA also thought it could win the Korean war covertly, thought the Soviet Union had 500 ICBMs aimed at the US (they had four), thought they could drive the Soviets out of Hungary, didnít think Castro was a communist, didnít know about the collapse of the Soviet Union until it happened, helped Saddam Hussein rise to power, etc.

Of course McCain and the other Iraq war mongers were shocked, shocked when the administrationís own inspectors, the Iraq Survey Group, produced the Duelfer Report after the invasion and found no WMD in Iraq. Oops. Guess we started a major war, displaced millions, racked up hundreds of thousands of casualties, spent hundreds of billions, all for nothing. Shucks. But John McCain would be the first to tell you it was an honest mistake. Wasnít it?
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article387374.ece
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/nation/transcripts/blixtranscript_021403.html.

©Joshua C. Nossiter, 2008


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A NOTE TO READERS ***Update***
Another three week plus hiatus, from April 30th until May 23rd, again due to Yahoo Geocities dismal service.

There was nothing new at The Nossiter Net between March 3rd and April 26th, 2007, nearly eight weeks.  The reason:  tech sabotage. Yahoo Geocities, the host for this site, denied access for the entire period.  At one point, they even managed to lose all the files.  In many discussions with Yahoo staff, no clear explanation was forthcoming.  No one seemed able to fix the problem.  Ruling out the possibility of Dubbyaís revenge, I finally wrote to Mr. Terry Semel, Chairman and CEO of Yahoo! Inc and described the ordeal the page had undergone since the beginning of March.  A week later, a helpful Yahooo engineer named Jason called.  He had my letter before him.  Though he couldnít do the repairs on on the spot, he promised a fix by the next day.  That was April 26th, nearly two months after shutting me down in the first place.

The Nossiter Net apologizes, which is more than I can say for Yahoo Geocities.

                              




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