On September 9,as the George W. Bush administration was launching its campaign to invade Iraq, a classified report landed on the desk of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It came from Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeldand it carried an ominous note.
Accuracy is not guaranteed. In Iraq, six months ago, the war began with shock and awe. RUSSERT: Did the Bush administration misjudge the level of organized resistance, the number of American troops needed, the cost of securing Iraq, and the existence of weapons of mass destruction?
Intelligence leaves no doubt that Iraq continues to possess and conceal lethal weapons. Saddam's removal is necessary to eradicate the threat from his weapons of mass destruction. Jack Straw, Foreign Secretary 2 April,
And thus we learned that not only does Cheney not care about war, torture or the truth, he also holds the president in pretty much the same low regard as the rest of us. In a video clip ABC posted on its website in which Cheney defends torture on familiar grounds that is, torture isn't torture if he says it isn't tortureKarl looks nervous and uncomfortable, as though he expects hooded men to burst in at any moment and drag him off to the waterboarding chamber. But it was Cheney's shockingly brazen statements about the decision to go to war against Iraq that should resonate for as long as we are capable of moral outrage.
It wasn't so much his appearance—bearded, bald, with glasses and a brown plaid shirt—that belied Ben Bonk's occupation. Rather, it was the tears in his eyes. Bonk, a former deputy director of the agency's Counterterrorist Center and an officer responsible for intelligence on Iraq in the year leading up to the U.
Iraq actively researched and later employed weapons of mass destruction WMD from towhen it destroyed its chemical weapons stockpile and halted its biological and nuclear weapon programs as required by the United Nations Security Council. In the s, Saddam pursued an extensive biological weapons program and a nuclear weapons program, though no nuclear bomb was built. After the Persian Gulf Warthe United Nations with the Government of Iraq located and destroyed large quantities of Iraqi chemical weapons and related equipment and materials; Iraq ceased its chemical, biological and nuclear programs.
And we're confident that he has also begun, once again, to try to acquire a nuclear weapon. The vice president said nuclear technicians are "still in Iraq" and that Saddam is working on what Cheney called "fissile material. Cheney has been at the forefront of the Bush administration efforts to rally Congress and the international community against Saddam's regime.
In an interview with NPR, Hayden says the intelligence agencies, not the White House, were responsible for getting it wrong when they concluded that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction prior to the U. The former head of the National Security Agency, Gen. Michael Hayden, says U. It was a clean swing and a miss.