Why not just release the documents? What's taking so long?
Good point, in fact, why were they not released YEARS ago? When all the finger-pointing and the scumbag libs were sliming the Pres and his staff about Iraq (the MSM as well) -- why were they not released???
Would that not have helped the entire project of the Iraq invasion??? I think it would have.
1. There are no documents.
2. They contain still-sensitive information.
3. The people managing them are idiots.
Whatever's going on, it's certain that Saddam had connections to terrorists. Those have been reported --- and ignored --- many times over the past several years. It would be nice, very nice, to get some hard evidence on his connection to AQ. Which I personally believe he had.
That is one of our main intelligence problems. We have the best collection devices out there. But we simply dont have the manpower to translate all the viable imformation.
I don't think so. If they were released piecemeal, and some part was refuted, then that would be the lasting impression in the public mind, reinforced by the MSM (that the "Iraq Docs were false.")
Think about the Atta Prague issue. Irrefutable docs show Atta met Iraqi agents....and yet....it is a widely accepted "fact" by the ROW that Iraq had NOTHING to do with 9/11.
So dripping the info out, the MSM can tear it down piece by piece. Only if the entire picture is clarified all at once will it have legs.
And I think THAT is why Bush is content to play the long game of history. He's said time and time again that history will "exonerate" him (bad choice of words, W.) So I think he's started the process and not interested in the quick marketing win.
There was plenty of support before and during the invasion. If anything, support is needed now (just before midterms). Could be a game of old fashioned "Texas Hold-em". ;)
In my opinion, I think the documents implicate extended and deep involvement in Iraq with many of the 'old Europe' countries. Perhaps even to the point where these various governments knew about Iraq's terrorist ties, and continued to support Saddam because they were being bought off with some big bucks. What will this kind of proof do to the European peoples opinions of their governments? Might it cause instability in some European countries? DoD is going to only let this stuff trickle out, simply to help our supposed allies save face.