Thursday, September 06, 2007

Bush Knew There Were No WMD in Iraq

Sidney Blumenthal's latest article in Salon confirms what many of us suspected and or inferred. Bush was briefed that Saddam did not have WMD well before we invaded by George Tenet and that this information was deliberately kept from Congress.
On Sept. 18, 2002, CIA director George Tenet briefed President Bush in the Oval Office on top-secret intelligence that Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction, according to two former senior CIA officers. Bush dismissed as worthless this information from the Iraqi foreign minister, a member of Saddam's inner circle, although it turned out to be accurate in every detail. Tenet never brought it up again.
It is interesting to note the timing of Blumenthal's piece. It is released just after Bush biographer Robert Draper reports that Bush still claims to have believed--in April 2006--that Iraq had WMD. It is also interesting that it comes on the eve of General Pratraeus' presentation to Congress where we already know he will be lying.

It says a lot about the type of person George Tenet is. Letting our country go to war knowing that it was all based on lies. We already know that Bush is a liar and that he and Cheney were going to "kick Saddam's ass" no matter what the intelligence said but it takes a real bastard like Tenet to let it happen when he could have so easily stopped it all. There is an eternity of blood on his hands just as there is on Bush and Cheney's.

I just hop some the information coming out will finally convince enough of Congress to pull the plug on this misbegotten war once and for all and to quash any possibility that Bush and Cheney can pull the same stunt with Iran.

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