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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Does it strike anyone else that Bush hasn’t actually read this report?

I had one of those moments today when Bush announced that he would declassify the National Intelligence Estimate leaked intelligence report that suggests the Iraq war is now fuelling and creating terrorism rather than fighting it. It is a remarkable report that is the final nail in the coffin for any justification of the war in Iraq as a fight against terrorism because it carries all the weight of the American Intelligence community. So when Bush announced he would declassify the lot as a way to show everyone that the quotes lifted by Democrats didn’t show the full picture I had that moment of doubt, “Shit, does Bush have something else to add, have I jumped to the wrong conclusion, maybe Big Bush Bear was right all along”. Well, after just watching Bush on CNN and BBC today and seeing where he is focusing his argument, all he has extra to offer is the statement from the NIE that al Qaeda has been disrupted and are less effective.

Less effective? After a couple of years war and over $300 billion spent, I would want a hell of a lot more than ‘Less Effective’. I almost wonder if Bush actually read the bloody thing because there is nothing in this NIE report that holds up his side of the debate other than the claim that al Qaeda is less effective – which in terms of a counter argument, is as weak as piss.

The reality is that the war in Iraq is NOT about terrorism it is about taking control of an area in the middle east that is of global strategic importance to America. But asking Mom and Pop to hand over the fruits of their loins to get killed for cheap oil isn’t much of a rallying cry, so Bush needs to create the terrorist bogeyman. This is all making for a fascinating mid-term election.


At 27/9/06 4:30 pm, Blogger Mark said...

Without doubt, terrorism is getting worse because of Iraq. However, we cannot pick and choose which of the NIEs to believe and which not to believe. The NIE in October 2002 relating to the alleged threat from Iraq stated that:
"Iraq "is reconstituting its nuclear program," "has chemical and biological weapons," and that "all key aspects--R&D [research and development], production, and weaponization--of Iraq's offensive biological weapons program are active and that most elements are larger and more advanced than they were before the Gulf War." It also said that Iraq was developing an unmanned aerial vehicle "probably intended to deliver biological warfare agents."
My point being that we can't start championing the latest NIE when many of us were castigating the NIE from 4 years ago.

At 27/9/06 6:00 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did Osama earn his stripes? Jihad against the Soviets.

At 27/9/06 9:06 pm, Blogger Richard said...

Mark, the difference between the two is that the (lack of) evidence that has come to light since the 2003 invasion casts a huge shadow of doubt over the claims of the October 2002 NIE. Whereas we have no reason to doubt the claims of the April 2006 NIE.

At 27/9/06 10:50 pm, Anonymous Spoff said...

When an intelligence source has been found to spin towards a particular political viewpoint then it comes out with a piece damaging to that same viewpoint, it's a fair bet that the spin is still on and the news is actually worse than they allow.

At 5/10/06 12:40 pm, Blogger bomber said...

Fucking good point spoff - I can't believe Bush first said that he would release the report, then 24 hours latter said he couldn't, and what was released only backed up the cklaims that Iraq have made things worse - what an absolute abortion - he couldn't even lie convincingly about releasing the full report.


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