Friday, June 6, 2008

Bipartisan Senate intel report conclusively shows Bush lied to justify war

The next time you hear someone say, "well, they thought Saddam was a threat too"... tell them about this report. UPDATE: CNN Story:
"The Bush administration misused intelligence to build a case for the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq... the White House exploited its ability to declassify intelligence selectively to bolster its case for war ... The report also found that the administration misled the American people about contacts between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda."

Slam dunk - Game Over - Bush LIED.

And some assholes say Scotty McClellen was lying to sell books, (i.e. A, B, C, D, E, F, G, idiot denialists etc...)

The report details Administration prewar statements that, on numerous occasions, misrepresented the intelligence and the threat from Iraq.

Although there was some prewar intel that supported the claim that Saddam possessed WMD, the Iraq war was packaged and sold to Americans in a deliberately deceptive way. The Committee’s report cites several conclusions in which the Administration’s public statements were NOT supported by the intelligence. They include:

Ø Statements and implications by the President and Secretary of State suggesting that Iraq and al-Qa’ida had a partnership, or that Iraq had provided al-Qa’ida with weapons training, were not substantiated by the intelligence.

Ø Statements by the President and the Vice President indicating that Saddam Hussein was prepared to give weapons of mass destruction to terrorist groups for attacks against the United States were contradicted by available intelligence information.

Ø Statements by President Bush and Vice President Cheney regarding the postwar situation in Iraq, in terms of the political, security, and economic, did not reflect the concerns and uncertainties expressed in the intelligence products.

Ø Statements by the President and Vice President prior to the October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate regarding Iraq’s chemical weapons production capability and activities did not reflect the intelligence community’s uncertainties as to whether such production was ongoing.

Ø The Secretary of Defense’s statement that the Iraqi government operated underground WMD facilities that were not vulnerable to conventional airstrikes because they were underground and deeply buried was not substantiated by available intelligence information.

Ø The Intelligence Community did not confirm that Muhammad Atta met an Iraqi intelligence officer in Prague in 2001 as the Vice President repeatedly claimed.

These findings completely undermine John McCain's claims that ‘every assessment’ justified war in Iraq. WRONG... LIAR.

Also, McCain told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews that “absolutely” a “large number of Iraqis” will “treat us as liberators.“ Bush/McSame ignored a pre-war intelligence report - a January 2003 Intelligence Community Assessment warned that “Iraq was a deeply divided society that likely would engage in violent conflict unless an occupying power prevented it.”

Every poll ever taken shows Iraqis and every nation in the world want the US out of Iraq. 72% do not support the presence of US forces in Iraq (latest poll q.#20) and majorities say the surge and continued presence of US has made things worse.

Well, we've heard this from Scotty, we've heard this from retired Generals, we've heard this from Richard Clarke, Paul O'Neil, and many others... and now from an exhaustive Senate investigation. Is it starting to sink in yet?? For most thinking individuals it is, but not for the authoritarians ... they will remain in denial.

(H/T: TP)

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