Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Bush simply ignored 2003 warning of civil war in Iraq.....

Recently, Pres. Bush denied Iraq is on the verge of civil war:

"I don't buy your premise that there's going to be a civil war…. I heard loud and clear that they understand that they're going to choose unification, and we're going to help them do so.”

Meanwhile, in “Iraq study warned of civil war,” Knight Ridder reports, in 2003, the Bush administration was warned of civil war in Iraq:

“U.S. intelligence agencies repeatedly warned the White House beginning more than two years ago that the insurgency in Iraq had deep local roots, was likely to worsen and could lead to civil war, according to former senior intelligence officials who helped craft the reports….Robert Hutchings, the chair of the National Intelligence Council from 2003 to 2005, said the October 2003 study was part of a ‘steady stream’ of dozens of intelligence reports warning Bush and his top lieutenants that the insurgency was intensifying and expanding.”

But, like 9/11 and hurricane Katrina, Bush simply ignored warnings:

"'Frankly, senior officials simply weren't ready to pay attention to
analysis that didn't conform to their own optimistic scenarios,' Hutchings said."
Why have intelligence, Mr. President, if you're going to manipulate it or ignore it?


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