26 February 2006

The intelligence community and WMD.

Intelligence community owes its president an explanation

"I actually think the intelligence community owes the president (an explanation) rather than the president owing the American people (an explanation). You have to remember that this view of Iraq (that it had WMD) was held during the Clinton administration and didn't change in the Bush administration. It is not a political ‘got you’ issue. It is a serious issue of how you could come to the conclusion that is not matched by the future. It's not a political issue. It's an issue of the capabilities of one's intelligence service to collect valid, truthful information."

David Kay.
Former chief US weapons inspector in Iraq.
From an interview with NPR January 25, 2004.
Given the evidence of Russia's assisting in transporting something to Syria, etc. (see here, here, here, here, here), we disagree with the above in that it's far from clear that the intel assessment that Saddam had WMDs was wrong.

As U.S. Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld said in August 5, 2003, in pointing out the realities of looking for any weapon in Iraq, "Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence."

See also this post at Talking Proud reporting the discovery, in June, 2005, of an underground weapons bunker 186 by 301 yards square. That's roughly two football fields wide and three long. Fifty (50) other weapons storage areas were found about the same time.

"Intelligence community owes its president an explanation." Talking Proud.

UPDATE, February 26, 2006:

"WHERE WAS THE NUCLEAR material transported to?" asks an aide to Saddam Hussein, in a taped conversation released last week. He answers his own question: "A number of them were transported out of Iraq." This provocative snippet is part of 12 hours of taped exchanges between Saddam Hussein and his advisers. The tapes were found in Iraq after the war and were released last week by their American translator. The tapes are authentic.
"Need to Know ." By The Editors, The Weekly Standard, 2/27/06 (emphasis added).

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