a CIA asset who eventually came to power in a mid-sized country in the Middle East, and how the US aided and succored him, and his regime.
Go watch it.
The asset's name?
Kudos to J, for the link!
The Clinton administration was getting the same intelligence, yet it, reasonably, did not head off to the United Nations to warn that Iraq needed to be invaded yesterday.
It is simply not true that the Bush administration's decision to go to war with Iraq was the result of "bad intelligence." In the most significant sense, that decision had nothing at all to do with the quality of the intelligence they were getting. The decision was one of policy -- a decision that depended "not upon available facts but upon judgment." As the Star-Tribune editorial points out [linked to from above -- Sid.], the Clinton administration had virtually the same intelligence -- yet came to a different conclusion altogether with regard to the proper course of action.
But this tactic serves an important purpose: it passes blame off to another party, and in effect lets the administration off the hook. The administration thus hopes to insulate itself from examination, criticism and accountability. It's as if the administration is saying: "The intelligence made us do it."
But the intelligence, whatever it was, didn't make them do anything. They had already decided what they wanted to do -- and the intelligence was almost irrelevant.
Howard Dean said Friday that Democratic presidential rival John Kerry hasn't accomplished much during his 20-year Senate career and that the presidential nominee should be "a doer, not a talker."
THE Senate today censured Prime Minister John Howard for misleading the people of Australia over the reasons for going to war with Iraq.
Senator Brown said Mr Howard was involved in an unprecedented deceit of the nation and deserved censure.
He said Mr Howard had declared that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and support of international terrorism threatened Australia and its people.
"It has become abundantly clear that the prime minister was not just a bit wrong. He was totally wrong."
Legislation Without Hearings. Before the DeLay revolution, drafting new legislation in conference committee was almost unknown. But under DeLay, major provisions of the Medicare bill sprang fully grown from a conference committee. Republicans got a conference to include a weakened media-concentration standard that had been explicitly voted down by each house separately. Though both chambers had voted to block an administration measure watering down overtime-pay protections for workers, the provision was tacked onto a must-pass bill in conference. The official summary of House procedures, written by the (Republican-appointed) House parliamentarian and updated in June 2003, notes: "The House conferees are strictly limited in their consideration to matters in disagreement between the two Houses. Consequently, they may not strike out or amend any portion of the bill that was not amended by the other House. Furthermore, they may not insert new matter that is not germane to or that is beyond the scope of the differences between the two Houses." Like the rights guaranteed in the Soviet constitution, these rules are routinely waived.
"Even conservatives are starting to admit that George Bush isn't serious when he claims to be doing something about the exploding budget deficit. At best — to borrow the already classic language of the State of the Union address — his administration is engaged in deficit reduction-related program activities."