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WMD.....only one problem

Reader comment on item: About Those Iraqi WMD

Submitted by Marc Mayerson (United States), Apr 25, 2006 at 12:45

The debacle in Iraq cannot be explained away by our "good intentions" based upon Saddam's culture of deception, which is what your blog conveys. "He fooled the United States into war," is at best laughable, at worst damning. Why is the latter so? Simple logic. Either:

1. The CIA knew there were no WMD, informed the President, and the President dishonestly chose to cover this up in favor of using the WMD issue as a pretext for war.

2. The CIA knew there were no WMD, informed the President, and the President honestly rejected their knowledge as incorrect based on some other "more reliable" source.

3. The CIA was fooled by Saddam Hussein just like the rest of the World.

In any of these scenarios, MAJOR derilection of duty is present. The result of #1 should be impeachment and removal. The result of #2 should be congressional censoring and full disclosure of what the CIA knew and reported. The result of #3 should have been the summary sacking of George Tenet (instead of the Medal of Honor) and everyone else responsible for intelligence in Iraq. That none of these results have taken place dooms the United States to a slow, agonizing, bloody failure from this misadventure.


Marc Mayerson


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