[ExI] Unjustified invasion of Iraq
rpwl at lightlink.com
Mon Apr 25 12:36:13 UTC 2011
F. C. Moulton wrote:
> I have changed the Subject since we have long ago ended movie reviews.
> I hope the historians are working on determining what actually happened
> in the lead up to the Iraq invasion. Certainly various journalists have
> started to weigh in on the issue. One work I listened to as an audio
> book is The Dark Side by Jane Mayer. It has been a year or so since I
> listened to it but my overall reaction was one of disgust at the level
> of duplicity and mendacity by Bush/Cheney and many of their hand picked
> The point about Tenet is that even if Saddam was bluffing it was Tenet's
> job to know it. As far as I am concerned Tenet has virtually no
You have to be very careful with historical details here.
I recall very clearly that there was a point, early on, when Bush was
beating on the drum to try to get everyone to agree that there were WMD
over in Iraq, and the CIA produced a quiet assessment which surprised a
lot of people: Tenet said to a House committee that he didn't really
see much evidence pointing in that direction. The communist american
media such as NPR ;-) made a point of noticing this.
Then there was a report that Tenet had been called for urgent
discussions at the White House.
Then, a week or two later Tenet suddenly announced (as if the earlier
comments had never even existed) that the CIA was convinced that Iraq
The media (apart from the ultra-communist, subsidized-by-Libya, pinko
(did I say that already? ;-) ) Democracy Now) then just went along with
the charade and made no further comment on the volte-face.
I don't hold candle for Tenet. But frankly I think he started out being
pretty honest. And a lot of people inside the CIA were apeshit furious
about the official CIA line, all the way through the run up to the war.
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