Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The NYT Smacks Bush's Intelligence Lies Down Hard

This editorial in today's New York Times gives the lie once again to Bush's preposterous claims that "everyone" had the same intelligence in the period leading up to the war. Moreover, not everyone was reaching the same conclusions. Key section:

The administration had little company in saying that Iraq was actively trying to build a nuclear weapon. The evidence for this claim was a dubious report about an attempt in 1999 to buy uranium from Niger, later shown to be false, and the infamous aluminum tubes story. That was dismissed at the time by analysts with real expertise.

The Bush administration was also alone in making the absurd claim that Iraq was in league with Al Qaeda and somehow connected to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. That was based on two false tales. One was the supposed trip to Prague by Mohamed Atta, a report that was disputed before the war and came from an unreliable drunk. The other was that Iraq trained Qaeda members in the use of chemical and biological weapons. Before the war, the Defense Intelligence Agency concluded that this was a deliberate fabrication by an informer

Bush's enemies (like me) are not going to let him get away with twisting and distorting the record. We're going to nail his lies--relentlessly.

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