Wednesday, November 23, 2005

"What Did He Know............and When.............?"

The National Journal, in an article titles "Key Bush Intelligence Briefing Kept From Hill Panel", that Mr. Bush recieved a PDB ten days after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Mr. Bush was told in a highly classified briefing that the US Intelligence community had no evidence linking the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein to the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and scant credible evidence that Iraq had any significant collabrative ties with Al Qaeda. In fact, according to current and former officials with firsthand knowledge of the matter, Hussein was suspicious of the fanatical religious fundamentalist Moslem group because of rhetoric by Al Qaeda threatening the secularist Iraqi regime. He wanted the group atched to the point of supposedly thinking about "spying" on the group by infiltrating it, which never materialized. The White House conveniently left that fact out of the intelligence reports it gave Congress and pushed it toward the non-existent threat of WMDs and "mushroom clouds"

This revelation lends substantial credibilty to the likes of Richard Clarke and Paul O'Neill, both former members of the Bush administration. They both stated that Mr. Bush was planning to invade Iraq way before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, he just needed a "good" reason.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has asked the White House for the CIA assessment amd the PDB of Sept. 21, 2001 and dozens of other PDBs in the Phase II investigation which is finally underway into whether the Bush administration misrepresented intelligence information in the run-up to the war. The White House refused to turn over the documents.

Once again we are left with the stinging question, "What did Bush know and when did he know it?" However, the answers are becoming clearer with every action the White House does and every speech utterance Bush delivers. The White House apparently wants to fuel the flames of the growing number of administration critics by not being open and honest. If they have nothing to hide, they should hand over the documents the Intelligence Committee asked for. Mr. Bush's rhetoric is sounding more and more stale everytime he opens his mouth. Trying to bring up the idea that Democrats in Congress had saw the "same" intelligence that Mr. Bush did and they voted to give him the authority to go to war is both irrelevant and meaningless. It's just one "lie" being piled-on after another in a lame argument for the justification as to the reason this country went to war. The very action of not being willing to hand over the documents, explains alot.

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