Monday, April 24, 2006
Bush Warned About WMD According to Former CIA Chief
By Andrew Gumbel in Los Angeles
Published: 24 April 2006
The Central Intelligence Agency tried to warn the Bush administration on the eve of the 2003 invasion of Iraq that Saddam Hussein did not appear to have weapons of mass destruction but the warning was dismissed because the US political leadership was not interested in what the intelligence showed, according to a retired senior CIA operative.
The revelation, by the CIA's former European chief Tyler Drumheller, was broadcast on CBS's news magazine Sixty Minutes last night and added to the body of evidence that US and British leaders saw the weapons of mass destruction issue only as a selling point for a war they had already decided to wage for other reasons.
According to Mr Drumheller, Western intelligence services were told about Iraq's lack of chemical and biological weapons by Naji Sabri, a former Iraqi foreign minister. The CIA director of the time, George Tenet, took this information straight to President George Bush, Vice-President Dick Cheney and other senior officials, but it made no impression on them.
GOI: Add another log to the bon fire folks. This is more evidence that the CIA are not the only ones to blame. This claim is also more supportive evidence of the Downing Street memos that the Bushies were fixing the weak intelligence to fit their policy of pre-emptive war. It is also more evidence to back the claims of Joe Wilson and his debunking of the Niger yellow cake claims. Given this new testimony from the former CIA European Chief it makes sense why the "W" administration would want to smear Wilson and his wife. Two people who tried to pull open the curtain of lies to expose the deception of the Bush admin. insane aslyumn. It is more evidence to Richard Clarkes claims that the Bushies wanted to use 9/11 as a convenient excuse to attack Iraq, something they seemed intent on doing from day 1. Then their are all the generals coming out saying the Bush admin. repeatedly didn't listen to them in the planning and in the execution or war as well as the peace process. And on and on. Drip, drip, drip, drip.
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