January 26, 2004

In a mood to rattle some teeth...

A friend sent a link to the James Risen NYT article: Ex-Inspector Says C.I.A. Missed Disarray in Iraqi Arms Program. I hesitate to quote it because probably everybody will, but, what the heck...

...From interviews with Iraqi scientists and other sources, he said, his team learned that sometime around 1997 and 1998, Iraq plunged into what he called a "vortex of corruption," when government activities began to spin out of control because an increasingly isolated and fantasy-riven Saddam Hussein had insisted on personally authorizing major projects without input from others.

After the onset of this "dark ages," Dr. Kay said, Iraqi scientists realized they could go directly to Mr. Hussein and present fanciful plans for weapons programs, and receive approval and large amounts of money. Whatever was left of an effective weapons capability, he said, was largely subsumed into corrupt money-raising schemes by scientists skilled in the arts of lying and surviving in a fevered police state....
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...Dr. Kay said the fundamental errors in prewar intelligence assessments were so grave that he would recommend that the Central Intelligence Agency and other organizations overhaul their intelligence collection and analytical efforts.

Dr. Kay said analysts had come to him, "almost in tears, saying they felt so badly that we weren't finding what they had thought we were going to find � I have had analysts apologizing for reaching the conclusions that they did."....

No doubt the failures of the CIA will be shoveled all over Bush. "Buck stops here" and all.

But what I'm really bugged about is the way we got into this position. I'm sure that the thinking in the White House, post 9/11, was (the little Neocon inside me knows this): "We've got to stop the terrorists, and the ONLY way to do so is to stop the terror-supporting countries, and the ONLY way to do that is to pick one of them up and throw it against the wall." And then Bush's people probably ran the MANY factors and possibilities through a few iterations of their mental spreadsheets, and everybody came up, as I still do now, with one best answer: Iraq.

But then we were forced by a clamor to seek the approval of the UN, and France and Germany. "We MUST respect International Institutions, we MUST have German bases, we MUST be multi-lateral." And so, to get the approval of the "multi" crowd we decided to ignore our decision-matrix and pretend that our only interest was in WMD's. Because the callous Multi's don't give a damn how many Iraqis are shredded. (Iraqis are no more human or real to them than Texans are.) And they don't give a damn if Saddam was paying bounties for the murder of Jews and Filipinos, (with the occasional US citizen thrown in.) They were at least PRETENDING to believe in WMD's, and in the UN. And so we went the UN route, and enforced their UN Resolutions (which Saddam was in violation of even if he had no WMD's).

And now the very same crowd of prissy ice-hearted bastards is drooling over the lack of WMD's and gloating that the the US and Bush were in the wrong. There's not a hint that their precious UN might have any egg on its face here. I just want to SHAKE those frigid bastards and scream, "YOU forced us to play this stupid game. Why don't you show some guts and take some responsibility here?"

Oooooooh. And while I'm in a shaking mood, I'd love to rattle the teeth of those academic jerks whose only interest in the Founding Fathers of this country is to gloatingly dwell on how some of them owned slaves, yet at the same time are utterly indifferent to millions of blacks being murdered and enslaved in Sudan�not 200 years ago, but NOW. And who also care nothing that progress towards ending this nightmare is being made�NOW. By President Bush, and his warmongering gang. Progress because, and ONLY BECAUSE, we made the decision to clean out one terror-supporting country.

Oooooh, I'm feeling so pissed. How I would love to use my magic powers to pick up little Professor Snib Snib of the History Department, and paint him black and drop him into Sudan. Let him get the real low-down on slavery...

Posted by John Weidner at January 26, 2004 8:21 AM
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