With the run up to primary season, there is a lot of discussion regarding the Iraq war. Our GOP friends have had a lot of answers… Here are a few:
The fact that Jeb Bush, a likely candidate for the Republican nomination in 2016, was pressured this past week into rejecting, in hindsight, his brother's war "is an indication that the received wisdom, that which we work from right now, is that this was a mistake," said Evan Cornog, a historian and dean of the Hofstra University school of communication.
Or as Rick Santorum, another potential Republican candidate, put it: "Everybody accepts that now." As a senator, Santorum voted for the Iraq invasion and continued to support it for years.
All these Republicans said last week that, in hindsight, they would not have invaded Iraq with what's now known about the faulty intelligence that wrongly indicated Saddam Hussein had stockpiled weapons of mass destruction.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, in an interview Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation," summed up that sentiment: "Knowing what we know now, I think it's safe for many of us, myself included, to say, we probably wouldn't have taken" that approach.
Rubio, in a long exchange on "Fox News Sunday," tried to navigate the Iraq shoals once again, making a glass-half-full case that while the war was based on mistaken intelligence, the world still is better off with Saddam gone.
Uhm, I would like to say something here. There was PLENTY of good intelligence. They chose to ignore the Central Intelligence Agency as well as the Defense Intelligence Agency and instead relied on the Office of Special Plans.
When they say they acted on the intelligence they received, they were being truthful. What they aren't saying is that they didn't bother to look at the actual vetted intelligence — because it didn't line up with what they wanted to see happen. What they are not
saying is that they ignored the GOOD intelligence they got.
You know - like there were no weapons of mass destruction. They key to all of this revision of history is that they are ignoring that a BS agency was set up by neo-cons to lie this nation into war
. In other words, they are still lying by ignoring the good intel the CIA and other legitimate agencies that were charged with looking for the invisible weapons of mass destruction. "Feith, as charged by then-United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, to supply senior George W. Bush administration officials with raw intelligence (unvetted by intelligence analysts, see Stovepiping) pertaining to Iraq." This explains
the stove-piping a little bit more. Let's get back to the Office of Special Plans that existed from September 2002 to June 2003.
Douglas Feith called the office's report a much-needed critique of the CIA's intelligence. "It's healthy to criticize the CIA's intelligence", Feith said. "What the people in the Pentagon were doing was right. It was good government." Feith also rejected accusations he attempted to link Iraq to a formal relationship with Al Qaeda. "No one in my office ever claimed there was an operational relationship", Feith said. "There was a relationship."
In another instance, an "Iraqi intelligence cell" briefing to Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz in August 2002 condemned the CIA's intelligence assessment techniques and denounced the CIA's "consistent underestimation" of matters dealing with the alleged Iraq-al-Qaeda co-operation. In September 2002, two days before the CIA's final assessment of the Iraq-al Qaeda relationship, Feith briefed senior advisers to Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice, undercutting the CIA's credibility and alleging "fundamental problems" with CIA intelligence-gathering. As reported in the conservative British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, "Senator Jay Rockefeller, senior Democrat on the committee, said that Mr Feith's cell may even have undertaken 'unlawful' intelligence-gathering initiatives."
In February 2007, the Pentagon's inspector general issued a report that concluded that Feith's office "developed, produced, and then disseminated alternative intelligence assessments on the Iraq and al Qaida relationship, which included some conclusions that were inconsistent with the consensus of the Intelligence Community, to senior decision-makers." The report found that these actions were "inappropriate" though not "illegal." Senator Carl Levin, Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, stated that "The bottom line is that intelligence relating to the Iraq-al-Qaeda relationship was manipulated by high-ranking officials in the Department of Defense to support the administration's decision to invade Iraq. The inspector general's report is a devastating condemnation of inappropriate activities in the DOD policy office that helped take this nation to war." At Senator Levin's insistence, on April 6, 2007, the Pentagon's Inspector General's Report was declassified and released to the public.
In 2002, the White House Iraq Group
was set up. The OSP was the groundwork laid for the WHIG to lie this nation — and much of the world, into war.
It wasn't bad intelligence they way the GOP is trying spin it. There was plenty of intelligence that was ignored. They are trying to make you and I believe that this was just a big mistake when it was a purposeful and manipulation of truth in order to go to war with a country that had nothing to do with the attacks of 9/11. What they did was seek out, remold, craft and rewrite any intelligence to ensure that they would have a desired effect: To go to war.
Any candidate that uses the words faulty intelligence is lying. They are trying to re-write history — again.