Saturday, May 31, 2008


THINK PROGRESS In his new book, former White House press secretary Scott McClellan charges that the Bush administration manipulated information in a "propaganda" campaign before the Iraq war, making the faulty claim that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

Asked about the book today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) defended the administration's actions in the run-up to the war, suggesting there was no manipulation involved. McCain claimed, "I have not seen the book or the comments. But I know why I supported it [the war] because I believed Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction as did every intelligence agency in the world and every assessment. "

McCain's statement is wildly off the mark. The Bush administration did set up its own intelligence shops to disseminate faulty intelligence about Iraq's alleged WMD. But "every" agency in the "world" did not buy the spin - several U.S. agencies were highly skeptical:

State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research: Concluded that the "activities we have detected do not add up to a compelling case that Iraq is currently pursuing what [the INR] would consider to be an integrated and comprehensive approach to acquire nuclear weapons."

Department of Energy: Concluded aluminum tubes said to be used for nuclear centrifuges were "likely intended for small artillery rockets."

International Atomic Energy Agency: On March 7, 2003, IAEA chief Mohamed El-Baradei reported there was "no evidence that Saddam Hussein had any nuclear weapons or was in the process of acquiring them."

Hans Blix, chief U.N. weapon's inspector: In Jan. 2003, Blix told the U.N. Security Council that his inspection teams had not found any "smoking guns" after visiting some 125 Iraqi sites.


At May 31, 2008 8:15 PM, Anonymous 420 said...

Think Progress hasn't done its homework here. On Dec. 5, 2001, members of Congress John McCain, Richard Shelby, Jesse Helms, Henry Hyde, Harold Ford Jr., Joseph Lieberman, Trent Lott, Benjamin Gilman, and Sam Brownback sent President Bush a letter urging military action against Iraq.

That's long before BushCo. started in on the Iraq WMD hoax: the WMD lies were merely the pretext for selling the war to the country. Warmonger McCain is merely being consistent in his support of war for Iraq's oil.

That the administration lied about WMDs in Iraq has been known for years. McClellan's revelations aren't new, save as an admission of his complicity in war crimes.


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