Bush WMD Intelligence Probe Designed to Hide, Not Reveal Truth
By Rob Kall
Just the way the Bush administration is titling the
investigation: "independent commission to investigate pre-war
US intelligence" tells us that it is being set up to further hide the
real problem, which was not at all about the failure of intelligence
We already know that the administration was warned amply
by many sources that the WMD threat information was unreliable. We already
know that Cheney and other Neocons set up their own (oxymoronic)
"intelligence" operation within the pentagon. We already know
that they chose to ignore usual procedure for acquiring, transmitting and
processing intelligence information, instead, going with filtered and
selected only information that reinforced their views and goals-- that
Saddam was an immediate danger, that he had massive quantities off WMDs,
that Saddam was working with Al Qaeda.
This administration is extraordinarily savvy when it
comes to the way they phrase and frame issues. They have a play book on
how to match their words to their demographics. In this case, the word
game involves focusing on failures in Intelligence/spy research rather
than on the big truth, which was the intentional abuse and manipulation of
the intelligence to distort and mislead congress, the UN and the American
There's that old canard about the man who's looking
looking for his lost keys. A friend comes and offers to help. "Where
were you when you dropped them?"
The man replies, "About 20 yards over that
"Then why," the friend asks, "are you
looking over here?"
The explanation; "The light is better here."
Well, in this case the light is worse where Bush is
focusing the investigation, and all that can come of this is a shallow
whitewash that may satisfy the partisan percentage of the population that
believes that Bush and the right-wingers in congress can do no wrong.
Anyone else should clearly see that this is so-called investigation is no
such thing at all and that it is not intended to do anything other than
distract from the real issues and protect the guilty parties.
To make this investigation even less credible, the
deadline for the investigation is some time in 2005, long after the
November elections. It's interesting that Bush wants the 911 commission
investigation ended prematurely, long before it has been allowed to fully
do its job. But on this investigation, he wants it to wrap up and produce
a report after the elections.
The need for a real investigation is the highest. Even,
according to CNN, "Sen. Chuck Hagel, R- Nebraska, of the Foreign
Relations and Intelligence committees agreed that an investigation is
needed. "We need to open this up in a very nonpartisan, outside
commission to see where we are," Hagel said. "I don't think
there's any way around it. ... America's credibility is at stake."
At some point, it may become necessary to declare a real
war, or to take action against a danger that is factual, not contrived,
like the WMD/Saddam misadventure. When that time comes, we need to have
the trust of our allies. Right now, with this administration, the US does
not have it and does not deserve it. If we went to Germany or Russia,
France or Australia and told them there was a danger. They'd be totally
justified questioning not just our intelligence, but also our judgment in
the evaluation of that intelligence.
That's the bottom line-- judgment and use of
intelligence resources. The Bush administration, at best failed to use
good judgment in its evaluation of the intelligence it was provided. In
the worst case, they intentionally lied and distorted some information,
hid other information and ignored interpretations and opinions that didn't
support their military goals. And if that's the case, the guilty parties
should be prosecuted and jailed.
Bottom line... whoever gets placed on this whitewash
investigative body MUST reframe and re-define its mission to include not
only the quality of the intelligence but also its use and abuse.
Kall email@example.com is
editor/founder of OpEdNews.com,
president of Futurehealth, Inc. and organizer of the Futurehealth Winter
Brain, Optimal Functioning and StoryCon Meeting.
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