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Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall January 30, 2004 11:41 PM (Printable Format):
"To the best of my knowledge there is not one single instance we know of in which any portion of the Intelligence Community pressed for a more ominous view of the threat in the face of skepticism from the political appointees at DOD, the Office of the Vice President, the White House or anywhere else in the administration. Not one.

We know of many points of controversy. And, to the best of my knowledge, every last one involved administration politicals pressing for more extreme and ominous interpretations of the Iraqi threat against skeptical members of the Intelligence Community. Every last one."

Does the current spin that the intelligence agencies drug the president kicking and screaming into Iraq pass the laugh test. No F**king way!


You slept through the war buildup...?

This, after all, is why administration officials at the Pentagon set up their own intelligence analysis shop --- because most people in the Intelligence Community didn't buy their argument about the connections between the Iraqi regime and al Qaida.

or this damning report on Feb 20, 2003, note, this is before the war.

So frustrated have the inspectors become that one source has referred to the U.S. intelligence they've been getting as "garbage after garbage after garbage." In fact, Phillips says the source used another cruder word. The inspectors find themselves caught between the Iraqis, who are masters at the weapons-hiding shell game, and the United States, whose intelligence they've found to be circumstantial, outdated or just plain wrong.

But we didn't WANT to believe anyone because we had already decided our course of action. The supporters of the war will quickly back of this "blame the CIA" message as soon as it becomes clear that its complete and total garbage, tossed out by Kay for God knows what reason.

A expect a quick fall back to the original "Saddam was an evil tyrrant" arguement, for while its the only one that has any merit, is NOT the reason we went to war, at least how it was stated.

I was disgusted the other day I heard McCain on NPR saying that he "understood" the Whitehouse's concerns about having the 9-11 investigation results come out during the height of the election season, saying it was ok to put off the results until after the elections.

I say WTF?

So we'll know the results and not tell anyone because it might affect the election? Does that make sense to ANYONE outside of Washington D.C.? I hope not. Is it ok then to let the victim's families live another few months with the questions while we wait for the election to take place? We should head to the polls with information locked away for "safe keeping", maybe sending a president to re-election only to find out AFTERWARDS that he was negligent?

Please.. I call on the Bush apologists to explain this one to me.


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