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Occasionally, a phrase will pop out of page, striking so familiar a note that it bears a recollection of sorts. And so it was with a story over at Knight Ridder that begins
thusly
, painful and familiar as it is:
U.S. intelligence agencies repeatedly warned the White House beginning more than two years ago that the insurgency in Iraq had deep local roots, was likely to worsen and could lead to civil war.
Of course, such repeated warnings, like so many others, were ignored and US forces now find themselves caught in the middle of stewing pot of civil unrest. But it should not be forgotten that this is just latest in a long line of repeated warnings, warnings that this White House has ignored, time and again. In fact, as it will become apparent below, had the White House actually noted the warnings and acted on them appropriately, they wouldn't be nearly as big a bunch of screw ups as they are.

Then again, they probably wouldn't be the Bush administration; an addle-pated band of intrasigent louts whose only defining characteristic, outside of an unbridled sense of entitlement, is an intractable inability to listen to anyone else, especially anyone bearing opinions contrary to their own severly malfomed twaddle.

And so that highlighted phrase struck me. It was so painfully familiar, I decided to check out just how familiar it was. This is what I found.

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On Al Qaeda and 9/11:

-- Senior Clinton administration officials called to testify next week before the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks say they are prepared to detail how they repeatedly warned their Bush administration counterparts in late 2000 that Al Qaeda posed the worst security threat facing the nation....


-- Federal officials were repeatedly warned in the months before the 11 September 2001 terror attacks that Osama bin Laden and al-Qa'ida were planning
aircraft hijackings
and suicide attacks, according to a new report that the Bush administration has been suppressing.

-- First, the release of a previously classified report by the National Archives shows that the FAA had been warned repeatedly of the threat
of terrorist hijackings
between April and September, 2001.

-- ...it was Chairman Tom Kean, the former Republican governor appointed by President Bush, who last fall repeatedly warned the administration to stop
withholding
key documents and witnesses.

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On WMD intelligence, Iraq and the invasion:

-- A review of the facts shows the intelligence community repeatedly warned the Bush Administration about the weakness of its [WMD] case, but was http://www.americanprogress.org/site/pp.asp?c=bijrj8ovf&b=24889%22%3e">circumvented,
overruled, and ignored.

-- Intel Agencies Repeatedly Warn White House of Its Weak WMD Case Throughout 2002, the CIA, DIA, Department of Energy and United Nations all warned the Bush Administration that its selective use of intelligence was painting a weak WMD case. Those warnings were repeatedly ignored.

-- The CIA and the State Department, in particular, distanced
themselves
from Iraqi defectors handed over by the Iraqi National Congress, a London-based umbrella group headed by Ahmad Chalabi. CIA and State Department officials repeatedly warned that the group's intelligence network had proved unreliable in the past.

-- In October 2002, CIA Director George Tenet personally and repeatedly warned Stephen Hadley, a deputy of Condoleezza Rice, as well as other White House officials that references
to Niger
be dropped from Bush's October 7 speech to the nation.

-- The German
intelligence officials
who interrogated "Curveball, " an Iraqi who provided intelligence that the Bush Administration used to justify the war in Iraq, said that they repeatedly warned the United States that Curveball (who may have been lying in order to obtain a German visa) could not be trusted.

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