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Old 11-29-2009, 10:46 AM
 
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From the reports I've read, not news stories or commentary, the CIA told Bush what he wanted to hear. There was plenty of dissent within the "intelligence community", as a whole, but the dissent was never presented to the President. President Bush simply didn't want to hear it.

It's interesting to note the dissent came from experts while the assent came from the spooks.

Kindly consult the "Report on the U.S. Intelligence Community's Prewar Intelligence Assessments on Iraq". I've still got my copy - printed.

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/serialset/creports/pdf/s108-301/s108-301.zip (broken link)
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Old 11-29-2009, 10:49 AM
 
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Have you read the just released Brit intel reports?
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Old 11-29-2009, 11:05 AM
 
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As long as "mistake" is in quotes, it was Bush's "mistake."

As revealed in reports from our friends across the pond, Bush clearly wanted to invade Iraq and get rid of Saddam well before 9/11 ... not that Saddam had anything to do with 9/11, but it provided a handy excuse.

However, that certainly doesn't excuse the CIA. Our intelligence community MUST provide the facts as they know them to the President, rather than presenting what they believe the President wants to hear. The President is no different than anyone else when it comes to making decisions - the better and more accurate the information, the better the decision.
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Old 11-29-2009, 11:19 AM
 
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Have you read the just released Brit intel reports?
Indeed, seemed to support the unmentioned conclusions of the report, didn't it?

And, in my mind, seemed to support the "personal vendetta" rumors, even further.

I'm not a gambling man but I'd wager Mr. Bush is going to be horribly embarrassed by Mr. Blair's interview this coming January.
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Old 11-29-2009, 11:21 AM
 
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go read PNAC because IRAQ was pre planned all along and Bush was just a puppet for Cheney's ideas.
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Old 11-29-2009, 11:24 AM
 
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go read PNAC because IRAQ was pre planned all along and Bush was just a puppet for Cheney's ideas.
You need to change "puppet" to a word with two "s s".
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Old 11-29-2009, 11:39 AM
 
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As long as "mistake" is in quotes
The quotes are there to quote Bill O'Riely. Stated in a tone, by him, as if defending an insignificant third grade math boo-boo.
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Old 07-26-2017, 04:00 PM
 
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IMHO, the CIA has caused this country, and many others far more problems than any good they've ever done. Include in that the assasination of JFK. I wish the govt. would just defund the whole thing and send them packing. We've got multiple agencies doing the same thing anyhow. One less is not going to hurt our country.
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Old 07-26-2017, 04:02 PM
 
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Well Congress had to approve it, and many of the Democrats voted for it including Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry. So was it a Clinton or Kerry mistake?
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Old 07-26-2017, 04:10 PM
 
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It was a US mistake, but the buck stops with Bush. He believed what so many intelligence agencies were claiming.

It's just another reason why we should mind our own damn business, drop out of the UN and worry about our own.
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