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January 30, 2004

"We Were Almost All Wrong"*

From 1/28, "Ex-Inspector Calls for Inquiry on Prewar Intelligence" (Kirk Semple, NYT):

The former chief American weapons inspector in Iraq refuted suggestions...that intelligence analysts were under political pressure to bolster President Bush's case for war, saying that faulty intelligence-gathering was to blame for the belief that Saddam Hussein was harboring weapons of mass destruction.

The inspector, Dr. David A. Kay, also called for an independent inquiry into the errors of the intelligence community. "It's quite clear we need capabilities that we do not have with regard to intelligence," he said during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C.

"We were almost all wrong, and I certainly include myself here," Dr. Kay said.

* "We" meaning the US and the UK. "We" doesn't include the UN weapons inspectors - Hans Blix, anyone? - or Germany, France, Russia, China and all the other nations who thought the intelligence was too weak to justify going to war.

"We" are the evil leading the stupid, who wonder why the rest of the world could possibly hate us.

Yours, &c., LC | 02:44 PM | Politics | TrackBack (0)

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