The former CIA official who coordinated U.S. intelligence on the Middle East until last year has accused the Bush administration of “cherry-picking” intelligence on Iraq to justify a decision it had already reached to go to war, and of ignoring warnings that the country could easily fall into violence and chaos after an invasion to overthrow Saddam Hussein.
Paul R. Pillar, who was the national intelligence officer for the Near East and South Asia from 2000 to 2005, acknowledges the U.S. intelligence agencies’ mistakes in concluding that Hussein’s government possessed weapons of mass destruction. But he said those misjudgments did not drive the administration’s decision to invade.
Man stands up, acknowledges faults and calls bullshit on the Bushies. Watch the right-wing attack. How many times will we have to hear this before its truth actually sinks in? The Bush Administration led us into war under false pretenses, putting our soldiers in harm’s way for political gains. It’s criminal.