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Monday, February 06, 2006

Wilkerson interview

On a comment from one of our readers, I found a link to a where Colin Powell's former Chief of Staff Lawrence Wilkerson admits having participated in a hoax on the American people and Congress, and the rest of the world, regarding Iraq WMD intelligence. This is the short version, but it has a link to the full interview text, here.

To be fair to Wilkerson, he didn't do it intentionally. In fact, he claims it was the result of mistakes.
I have to believe that. Otherwise I have to believe some rather nefarious things about some fairly highly placed people in the intelligence community and perhaps elsewhere.
So we have a significant problem in this nation with our intelligence community. And, by the way, I don't think it's fixed in any way. Yet. This administration has really done nothing to fix it. And-- so I-- I'm familiar with intelligence failure.

However, this particular one seems to me to warrant a lot more investigation than it has to this point warranted. And I take in the recognition the Robb Silberman commission, the 9/11 commission and a host of other lesser-- investigations that have attempted to look at this. And the phase two investigation now going on in the Congress, which I think as long as the Republicans control the Congress will not be a-- an investigation that reveals very much. But I think we really need to take a hard look at how not just the intelligence failures I've enumerated occurred, but how this particular one did. Because it could turn out to be one of the worst in our history.
I'm worried and I would rather have the discussion and debate in the process we've designed than I would a dictate from a dumb strongman.

I wonder. Just how what will it take before Congress will admit they were lied to and decide to do something about it?

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