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Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Lies That Last

As you can imagine, there is quite the hoo-hah over this:

The defector who convinced the White House that Iraq had a secret biological weapons programme has admitted for the first time that he lied about his story, then watched in shock as it was used to justify the war.

Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, codenamed Curveball by German and American intelligence officials who dealt with his claims, has told the Guardian that he fabricated tales of mobile bioweapons trucks and clandestine factories in an attempt to bring down the Saddam Hussein regime, from which he had fled in 1995.

“Maybe I was right, maybe I was not right,” he said. “They gave me this chance. I had the chance to fabricate something to topple the regime. I and my sons are proud of that and we are proud that we were the reason to give Iraq the margin of democracy.”

This has been suspected for a long time.  However, it’s nice of him to finally admit it.

Just to smack down a few memes.  This does not prove that “Bush lied, people died”.  It shows that Bush was lied to.  My memory of Cobra II is a little hazy, but I also seem to recall we were getting high-level intelligence from Hussein’s government.  That government was being lied to as well by its own people trying to disguise the havoc we’d already played on their WMD program. Moreover, to recycle a point from the last six years, the decision to say in Iraq was different from the decision to go.  Once we were there, it could be argued we had an obligation to try to fix the country.  Whether it could be fixed or not—even with competent leadership—is another matter.

In the end, the lesson to be learned here is that we need to find more reliable means of intelligence.  We had decades to build intelligence networks in the Eastern Bloc.  It may be some time until the intelligence coming out of the Middle East is anywhere close to that good.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 02/17/11 at 06:46 PM in War on Terror/Axis of Evil  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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