View Full Version : Bush 'miscalculated' on Iraq? More like lied

09-08-2004, 11:43 AM
A pretty quick summary of what we all pretty much know at this point. But what no one seems to want to talk about.


Bush 'miscalculated' on Iraq? More like lied
Brian Bough

President George W. Bush admitted to the New York Times that he "miscalculated" on Iraq. Miscalculated?

In 2002, the Bush administration formed the Office of Special Plans (OSP) in the Pentagon and tasked it to sift through intelligence on Iraq. Quickly, the neoconservative-saturated OSP justified an invasion based on a WMD threat, as Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz put it, "the one reason everyone could agree on."

But why create another intelligence entity? The traditional intelligence community (CIA, DIA, State Department and NSA) disagreed that Saddam Hussein was a credible threat to U.S. security. As late as February 2001, Secretary of State Colin Powell said, "(Iraq) has not developed any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction." Without the OSP, no solid case for war existed.

Oddly enough, conservative commentator Stephen Hayes outs the OSP in his book by exposing its reliance on Ahmed Chalabi. Chalabi, an Iraqi expatriate mistrusted by the CIA and State Department, maintained he had proof of a burgeoning Iraqi nuclear program and ties to al-Qaida. After ceding as flawed his information on Iraqi WMDs, Chalabi lied to Martin Smith of "Frontline" about the document "proving" an Iraq-al-Qaida connection.

In an interview with retired intelligence analyst Greg Thielmann, "Frontline" uncovered that not only had the OSP trusted Chalabi, but had also passed to the White House intelligence on Iraq that was slanted; what Thielmann called "faith-based intelligence," "dishonest," "distorted" and "alarmist." On the CIA side, interim director John McLaughlin defended the agency's prewar intelligence: "There was ample material for serious debate. So, if there wasn't serious debate, it's not the fault of the people who prepared (the reports)."

Former administration darling Chalabi is now wanted for passing U.S. secrets to Iran and counterfeiting in Iraq. When confronted by a reporter about the man Bush knows well, Bush literally replied, "Chalabi who?"

Indeed, all Bush's lies have been so glib. Bush produced the OSP. The OSP produced the WMD threat and al-Qaida link. We've found neither WMD nor Osama bin Laden in Iraq; and al-Qaida wasn't there until we got there.

A thousand soldiers have been lost, thousands more wounded, and billions of dollars wasted as we're no closer to getting Osama bin Laden. No Mr. Bush, you didn't miscalculate, you got caught in your own lies.

Brian W. Bough, an Ozarks native, is a doctoral fellow in political science at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

09-08-2004, 11:45 AM
Phew! Good thing we got a new thread on this. I was worried that it hadn't been discussed over here.

09-08-2004, 11:45 AM
Care to point out where Bush knew that Iraq didn't posess WMDs?