Senate report on Iraq WMD "blisters" CIA, but GOP trying to shield Bush et al.

Time for the traditional finding of the scapegoat. The Senate GOP seems to have settled on the CIA in this one.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/washpost/a9230_2003oct23

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the search for a scapegoat of the illegal intelligence leaks tied to “senior admistrative officials” continues:

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=542&ncid=693&e=6&u=/ap/20031024/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/cia_leak

I wonder if they plan on blaming this on the CIA as well?

More on the faulty intelligence used by Bush to justify the need for an immediate invasion.

The adminstration’s hope for a quick and dirty coverup and blame shifting to the now out of favor CIA doesn’t look good:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A9230-2003Oct23.html

And finally speaking of spin control, watch Rummy engage in a Clintonesce display after his memo on Iraq that was far from the pollyanna Bush spin control got leaked to the press:

The poor attempt as word parsing is quite amusing. Reminds me of a few posters around here.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A9021-2003Oct23.html

Here is the orginial story behind Rumsfled’s memo. His interpretation of the memo is pretty laughable once you read the story, but maybe he was playing for the true believers who just want to believe any story, not matter how implausible.

and later the part being extensively spun now is discussed:

So apparantly even they don’t really believe the pie in the sky pronouncements coming out of the White House on Iraq. Sadly, rather then be pissed about them lying to us about the Iraq situation, I am more relieved that they are not so stupid as to actually believe it themselves. Sure they are two-faced liars, but at least they are not delusional. Its comforting in a way.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A3217-2003Oct22.html

Rumsfeld is scum.

This pisses me off too.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,101061,00.html

The CIA does bear some responsibility but the primary responsibility for the failure lies with Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz et al who put relentless pressure on the CIA to produce the assessments they wanted.

As usual Seymour Hersh has the goods:
http://newyorker.com/fact/content/?031027fa_fact

"As long as that remains the case, one question will be asked more and more insistently: How did the American intelligence community get it so wrong? 

Part of the answer lies in decisions made early in the Bush Administration, before the events of September 11, 2001. In interviews with present and former intelligence officials, I was told that some senior Administration people, soon after coming to power, had bypassed the government’s customary procedures for vetting intelligence.

A retired C.I.A. officer described for me some of the questions that would normally arise in vetting: “Does dramatic information turned up by an overseas spy square with his access, or does it exceed his plausible reach? How does the agent behave? Is he on time for meetings?” The vetting process is especially important when one is dealing with foreign-agent reports—sensitive intelligence that can trigger profound policy decisions. In theory, no request for action should be taken directly to higher authorities—a process known as “stovepiping”—without the information on which it is based having been subjected to rigorous scrutiny."
“Senior C.I.A. analysts dealing with Iraq were constantly being urged by the Vice-President’s office to provide worst-case assessments on Iraqi weapons issues. “They got pounded on, day after day,” one senior Bush Administration official told me, and received no consistent backup from Tenet and his senior staff. “Pretty soon you say ‘Fuck it.’” And they began to provide the intelligence that was wanted.”

One more take on the Rumsfled leak:

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/EJ25Ak01.html

And notably:

Nice to see Cheney sticking with the big lie no matter how bad the news gets. I fell sorry for all those reservists and guardsmen facing extended service in Iraq now. Too bad their rich daddies can’t get them out of their military obligations to work as campaign workers.

I don’t understand the defense. At best he’s a bumbling idiot, at worst, a complete lying fuckbag.

I wonder how all this blame-the-CIA is sitting with Poppy Bush, myself. Having his kid thrash the folks he used to work with is not something he’d shrug off, I’d wager…

I think its a variant of the “Chewbacca Defense” from South Park.

Details:

http://wookiee.8k.com/refer/tv.html

The second link has lots of wookie based information. Which is good or bad. I’m not sure. :wink:

Hehe it would certainly fit.

Just wanted to pop into this debate and send condolenses to Al’s family.

Please be careful…don’t post entire copyrighted articles! I know it’s tempting, but please just use a link.

Not only is it the LEGAL thing to do, it’s the RIGHT thing to do.

Lynn
For the Straight Dope

I believe Poppy Bush just gave Ted Kennedy some kind of George Bush Lifetime Achievement award.

True. Georgie Anne Geyer’s take

“A true gentleman never gives offense unintentionally” - Oscar Wilde

This Memo Must Not Be Leaked: Wink, Wink

President Bush the elder was definitely a million times better in every respect than the junior. He understood international politics which the son does not.