Monday, April 24, 2006

They Didn't Give a Damn What the Facts Were, They Just Wanted War

A disgusted former intelligence officer, Tyler Drumheller, a veteran of more than 25 years in the CIA in Europe, is speaking out, and his message is loud and clear: Bush and Cheney were determined to distort intelligence information to justify the Iraq war. Check this out:
"It just sticks in my craw every time I hear them say it’s an intelligence failure. It’s an intelligence failure. This was a policy failure," Drumheller tells [CBS's Ed] Bradley.
Drumheller was the CIA's top man in Europe, the head of covert operations there, until he retired a year ago. He says he saw firsthand how the White House promoted intelligence it liked and ignored intelligence it didn’t: "The idea of going after Iraq was U.S. policy. It was going to happen one way or the other," says Drumheller.
Drumheller says he doesn't think it mattered very much to the administration what the intelligence community had to say. "I think it mattered it if verified. This basic belief that had taken hold in the U.S. government that now is the time, we had the means, all we needed was the will," he says.
Bush, Cheney, Powell, and Rumsfeld flat out lied us into a disastrous war that they had no idea how to end. Read the whole item. And then tell me that Bush doesn't deserve removal from office.

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