Saturday, April 08, 2006
Ex-CIA Official Faults Use of Data on Iraq
Intelligence 'Misused' to Justify War
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.
The truth, as revealed by Paul R Piller, is the same truth that we knew was being underreported in the media in the months leading up to the invasion of Iraq.
The President, and all of his PNAC cronies should be censured, not only for lying, but for planning a war that was in my opinion, iniated for their own agenda in the Middle East.
By Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, February 10, 2006; Page A01
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.
"Official intelligence on Iraqi weapons programs was flawed, but even with its flaws, it was not what led to the war," Pillar wrote in the upcoming issue of the journal Foreign Affairs. Instead, he asserted, the administration "went to war without requesting -- and evidently without being influenced by -- any strategic-level intelligence assessments on any aspect of Iraq."
Paul R. Pillar, , who was the national intelligence officer for the Near East and South Asia from 2000 to 2005, says warnings on Iraq were ignored. (By Dennis Cook -- Associated Press)