Sunday, February 19, 2006

The Problem Was Not "Faulty Intelligence," the Problem Was Dishonestly Selecting And Omitting Intelligence

"when the Bush administration began gearing up for war with Iraq in 2002, it found that selective citation of Kamel's testimony could be very helpful in making its case. Vice President Dick Cheney asserted in an August 2002 speech (8/26/02) that the Iraqi regime had been "very busy enhancing its capabilities in the field of chemical and biological agents," and continued "to pursue the nuclear program they began many years ago." To back this up these claims, Cheney added, "We've gotten this from the firsthand testimony of defectors, including Saddam's own son-in-law"—a reference to Kamel.

In a Chicago Tribune op-ed (9/10/02), former head of the U.N. weapons inspection team Scott Ritter pointed out that Cheney had left out a critical part of Kamel's story:

Throughout his interview with UNSCOM, a U.N. special commission, Hussein Kamel reiterated his main point - that nothing was left. "All chemical weapons were destroyed," he said. "I ordered destruction of all chemical weapons. All weapons - biological, chemical, missile, nuclear - were destroyed."

Nevertheless, the administration continued to selectively use Kamel's disclosures to bolster its case that Iraq had hidden stockpiles of banned weapons. "It took years for Iraq to finally admit that it had produced four tons of the deadly nerve agent, VX," then-Secretary of State Colin Powell said in his February 5, 2003 speech to the U.N. "The admission only came out after inspectors collected documentation as a result of the defection of Hussein Kamel, Saddam Hussein's late son-in-law." Powell did not note that Kamel had also reported that this nerve gas, along with all other such weapons, had been destroyed years earlier (Extra!, 5-6/03)." - Missing From ABC's WMD 'Scoop' Star defector Hussein Kamel said weapons were destroyed

(Above was originally Oddly, I don't see this post when I look at the Feb archive or my blog edit entries, it isn't there so I decided to repost it. Linking to it still works: )


khghountch said...

Selective memory, to my mind, is the same as a lie: Why people lie? Well in order to achieve, or avoid, something. The White House people lied in order to achieve something. In other words, Bush and his White House cohorts started the OIL war against defenseless and poverished Iraq.
What a disgrace!

Anonymous said...

The bu$h/cheney USURPATION et al are a bunch of LIARS.

They did more than tell LIES to start the ILLEGAL WAR of AGGRE$$ION in Iraq, THEY ALSO PLANNED, EXECUTED, & COVERED-UP THE EVENTS of SEPT.11th 2001!

NEVER fall for the bu$h/cheney USURPATION'S official conspiracy theory about the pentagon again: