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Tuesday, February 07, 2006 AD

A Hoax? Interesting...

...I've never been convinced that the war in Iraq was a just war. Some will claim we need democracy there. Whatever. It's about greed and oil. So when you have a high ranking retired officer speak the following it just doesn't help the case:

DAVID BRANCACCIO: We've been talking grand policy. The then director of
the CIA, George Tenent, Vice President Cheney's deputy Libby, told you that the
intelligence that was the basis of going to war was rock solid. Given what you
now know, how does that make you feel?

LAWRENCE WILKERSON: It makes me feel terrible. I've said in other places that it was-- constitutes the lowest point in my professional life. My participation in that presentation at the UN constitutes the lowest point in my professional life.

I participated in a hoax on the American people, the international community and the United Nations Security Council. How do you think that makes me feel? Thirty-one years in the United States Army and I more or less end my career with that kind of a blot on my record? That's not a very comforting
thing.

DAVID BRANCACCIO: A hoax? That's quite a word.

LAWRENCE WILKERSON: Well, let's face it, it was. It was not a hoax that the Secretary in any way was complicit in. In fact he did his best-- I watched him work. Two AM in the morning on the DCI and the Deputy DCI, John McLaughlin.

And to try and hone the presentation down to what was, in the DCI's own words, a slam dunk. Firm. Iron clad. We threw many things out. We threw the script that Scooter Libby had given the-- Secretary of State. Forty-eight page script on WMD. We threw that out the first day.

And we turned to the National Intelligence estimate as part of therecommendation of George Tenent and my agreement with. But even that turned out to be, in its substantive parts-- that is stockpiles of chemicals, biologicals and production capability that was hot and so forth, and an active nuclear program. The three most essential parts of that presentation turned out to be absolutely false.


The whole context is here.

Courtesy of Slashdot.

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1 Comments:

  • And there is no way to prove or disprove these statements.

    We have to take the comments at face value, because the Top Secret classified information we need to prove either position is going to remain secret for a long time.

    So, it makes no sense why people like thise choose to run-off at the mouth like this in opposition to official government positions.

    The only thing accoplished is more discontent. And coming from a person like Wilerson, it makes even less sense. Just makes him look like he has an axe to grind.

    By Blogger Lawrence, at 2/10/2006 2:42 PM  

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