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Senate report slams Bush over prewar intelligence (Democrat's still a bunch of chicken losers)
CNN ^ | 6/5/2008 | CNN

Posted on 06/05/2008 9:35:49 AM PDT by tobyhill

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Bush administration misused intelligence to build a case for the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, the Senate Intelligence Committee said in a report issued Thursday.

The White House exploited its ability to declassify intelligence selectively to bolster its case for war, the committee chairman, Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, D-West Virginia, said in the report.

Senior officials disclosed and discussed sensitive intelligence reports that supported the administration's policy objectives and kept out of public discourse information that did not, he said.

The report also found that the administration misled the American people about contacts between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda.

"Policymakers' statements did not accurately convey the intelligence assessments" about contacts between the then-Iraqi leader and Osama bin Laden's group, "and left the impression that the contacts led to substantive Iraqi cooperation or support of al Qaeda," the report said.

"Statements and implications by the president and secretary of state suggesting that Iraq and al Qaeda had a partnership, or that Iraq had provided al Qaeda with weapons training, were not substantiated by the intelligence," according to the committee's exhaustive report on prewar intelligence.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 110th; badintel; bushlied; bushsfault; cheneysfault; iraq; prewarintelligence; saddam; warwasalie
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To: andy58-in-nh

Bill Nelson (D-FL) is not a RINO, he’s a full-fledged Demagogue (I know that many times the difference can be hard to detect).

I’m sure that Hagel and Snowe feel proud of joining with the moonbats in this travesty — the Demagogues on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence have been acting in this depraved manner for years.

Anyone think it’s mere coincidence that this contemptible report comes out within a week of the McClellan book? I don’t — I sense the coordinating hands of Soros-type scumbags in and out of Congress. Remember that staff memo for Jay Rockefeller back in 2003 that was accidentally revealed — it outlined a vicious political campaign of using this committee’s resources to build the attack on Pres. Bush in the run-up to the 2004 elections.


21 posted on 06/05/2008 11:14:40 AM PDT by Enchante (Barack Chamberlain: My 1930s Appeasement Policy Goes Well With My 1960s Socialist Policies!)
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To: Enchante

For some reason, I thought Nelson was a Republican. Of course, it is getting hard to tell the difference these days. Either way, the report is a politically-motivated hit on the Bush Administration rather than an honest effort to get at the truth. There are a couple of minority reports attached to the main document which I skimmed over briefly. The main thrust seems to be that the conclusions reached by the majority were unwarranted based upon the evidence, and that they just “cherry-picked” facts to fit their thesis.... which is kinda sorta what they’ve accused Bush of doing. And just in case it’s not clear, Chuck Hagel is a back-stabbing putrid turd who cannot be flushed from Congress soon enough. Other than that, he’s a swell guy.


22 posted on 06/05/2008 11:41:32 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Peace Is Not The Question.)
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To: tobyhill
"Statements and implications by the president and secretary of state suggesting that Iraq and al Qaeda had a partnership, or that Iraq had provided al Qaeda with weapons training, were not substantiated by the intelligence," according to the committee's exhaustive report on prewar intelligence.

That is odd, because I was alive before the war, and I don't remember anybody telling me that Saddam had anything to do with Al Qaeda. I do remember some Democrats telling me that he had WMD.

In fact, I remember Charlie Rangel, on C-SPAN telling the audience that we should not invade Iraq because if we did, Saddam would use chemical weapons on us, and would be justified in doing so since we would be invading HIS country.

23 posted on 06/05/2008 12:04:18 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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