The headline story for today's New York Times: "CIA Said to Find No Hussein Link to Terror Chief." It will be a similar headline and story in many news outlets. The Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee issued this latest report, confirming the CIA's earlier report. Writes the NYT:
"The disclosure undercuts continuing assertions by the Bush administration that such ties existed, and that they provided evidence of links between Iraq and Al Qaida. The Republican-controlled committee, in a second report, also sharply criticized the administration for its reliance on the Iraqi National Congress during the prelude to the war in Iraq. The findings are part of a continuing inquiry by the committee into prewar intelligence about Iraq. The conclusions went beyond its earlier findings, issued in the summer of 2004, by including criticism not just of American intelligence agencies but also of the administration."This is another case in point of the facts flying in the face of of our nation's President's publicly-made claims.
FEIGNED OR REAL AMNESIA? The primary reason I make this post and provide the NYT link is because of the either incessant or feigned amnesia of (a) Bush Administration officials , (b) evangelicals who think Bush is on God's side and would do/can do no wrong or ever mislead people, and (c) voters.
BELIEVE IT OR NOT. Just yesterday, an evangelical chided me for not believing there were no WMD's in pre-war Iraq. Perhaps this person has top-secret sources or it is a revelation from God or Rush Limbaugh, but everything I have read and listened to over the past four years regarding Iraq's pre-war connections to Al Qaida or WMDs--from military and CIA investigations to independent reports--has clearly indicated that not only were no WMDs or evidence of current WMD capacity found after over a year of painstaking searches, but that the intelligence used to justify links between Saddam Hussein's demented regime and WMDS or Al Qaida or the terrorist attacks on 9/11 were bad and in some case discredited before they were presented to the American public as credible evidence by Bush Administration officials.
IF THAT'S WHAT YOU LIKE. If you appreciate being misled and abide fabricated justifications by our nation's top officials, then you will not find the Senate Intelligence Committee's report comforting. You may likely say that this is just a minor issue in a bigger battle. But wasn't the bigger battle based on mistaken and misleading propositions? Doesn't the collapse of the house of cards on which a battle was justified and pursued completely undermine the battle in the first place? Does that mean we have to continue to try to "win" only to save face?
PINNING HOPES ON GULLIBILITY. I suppose you will say it does. And so, because this Administration believes most Americans are just that gullible, they will continue to try to justify their war on Iraq by stretching the truth, making innuendoes about patriotism and sacrifice, and pin their hopes on maintaining political control with making convincing-sounding--if non-existent--links between 9/11 terrorism and Iraq. And so it goes.