Friday, March 31, 2006

Stephen Hadley overestimated the public's esteem of not being lied to

Following up on his previous work about the President having lied about the nature of intelligence he received about Iraq, National Journal reporter Murray Waas now reveals the Karl Rove was worried that revelations about the NIE contradicting the President's public statements about Iraq would hurt the President's re-election chances, and that Rove ochestrated damage-control efforts which included blaming the CIA for intelligence failures and discrediting Joseph Wilson.

But here's the part that touches a nerve for me

[Then-Deputy National Security Adviser Stephen] Hadley was particularly concerned that the public might learn of a classified one-page summary of a National Intelligence Estimate, specifically written for Bush in October 2002. The summary said that although "most agencies judge" that the aluminum tubes were "related to a uranium enrichment effort," the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research and the Energy Department's intelligence branch "believe that the tubes more likely are intended for conventional weapons."
I realize that it's partly the fault of our failing media, but still, the fact that the President, Colin Powell, and others misstated the intelligence regarding the aluminum tubes has been public knowledge for at least two years now. At what point will we tell our elected leaders that we are tired of being lied to?


Smoovement said...

Ever hear of the Butler report? You do have a wiki-link from your site.

Hume's Ghost said...

Yes, I have heard of the Butler Report which concluded, yet did not provide evidence of that conclusion, that the Niger statement in President Bush's SOTU address was "well-founded."

That does not change the fact that the President was advised by US intelligence that the claim could not be verified. Like, virtually every claim made to justify the invasion, any doubts were stripped and the public was presented with the information as if it was a certainty.

You might also notice that the Wikipedia entry you recommend contains a segment of criticism of the Butler Report's Niger conclusion.