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'darn good evidence'

Evidently, President Bush doesn’t understand the definition of “good”. He recently said that “I think the intelligence I get is darn good intelligence […]” Are you kidding? Besides the fact that he has been caught in a lie, I wonder what makes him think his “intelligence” was so “darn good.” You say the CIA screwed up, I say the White House leaned on the CIA and ended up with a great scape goat. The proof is right in front of us.

You want proof that the CIA very likely told the President that the uranium statement was shakey? Just look to his Secretary of State, Colin Powell, who didn’t use such allegations in his UN speech.

[Colin Powell] said Thursday that he had reservations about the information used in the speech and thus did not use it Feb. 5 in a speech to the U.N. Security Council in which he offered a detailed catalogue of alleged Iraqi transgressions.

The President gave his address on January 28th and Powell his to the UN on February 5th, a mere eight days apart. I find it hard to believe that Powell knew that the intelligence was shaky, but the President nor Ms. Rice didn't have a clue.

I think that the CIA told them that the intelligence was shaky, but that the White House pressured them by saying the British backed the intelligence, which lead to some *very* small modifications.

The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.

It was with this small modification, in my opinion, that the CIA decided to approve the statement. After all, the blame could be placed on the British if the statement was proved false in the future. But what has happened is the White House blames the CIA for not taking the line out because the CIA should be smarter than the Brits, right? Of course they are, which is why the CIA has a big can of "I told you so" that it can't use despite being right in the first place.

Then again maybe it's just that the White House is confident enough to lie to American, but not quite arrogant enough to lie to the UN.

Posted by joestump at July 14, 2003 6:28 PM