Fainting Couch Alert!

CIA warned of risks of war in the Mideast:

In a move sure to raise even more questions about the decision to go to war with Iraq, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence will on Friday release selected portions of pre-war intelligence in which the CIA warned the administration of the risk and consequences of a conflict in the Middle East.

Among other things, the 40-page Senate report reveals that two intelligence assessments before the war accurately predicted that toppling Saddam could lead to a dangerous period of internal violence and provide a boost to terrorists. But those warnings were seemingly ignored.

Impeach Bush. Impeach him now.

Pertinent warnings issued two months before the invasion by the National Intelligence Council:

* “[S]ignificant chance that domestic groups would engage in violent conflict with each other and that rogue Saddam loyalists would wage guerilla warfare either by themselves or in alliance with terrorists.”

* “[M]any angry young recruits would fuel the rank of Islamic extremists”

* “Iraqi political culture is so embued with mores (opposed) to the democratic experience … that it may resist the most rigorous and prolonged democratic tutorials.”

More pertinent warnings issued several weeks before the invasion by the National Intelligence Council:

* The war could be “exploited by terrorists and extremists outside Iraq.”

* “Iraqi patience with an extended U.S. presence after an overwhelming victory would be short”

* Humanitarian conditions in many parts of Iraq would probably not understand that the Coalition wartime logistic pipeline would require time to reorient its mission to humanitarian aid.

Funny, I don’t see “flowers,” “candy,” “cakewalk,” or “greeted as liberators” anywhere on that list.

Impeach Bush. Impeach him now.

The story also notes that “Both assessments were given to the White House and to congressional intelligence committees.” If it’s true that these assessments were given to congressional intelligence committees, I’ll be interested to hear if the Democrats on those committees ever saw them, because what intelligence got shared with Democrats when they were in the minority has been an issue before (as when former Florida Senator Bob Graham, who chaired the Senate intelligence committee, reported that the administration had misrepresented the NSA eavesdropping program, that there had been “no discussion about expanding [NSA eavesdropping] to include conversations of U.S. citizens or conversations that originated or ended in the United States” as well as “no mention of the president’s intent to bypass the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court”).

If pre-war intelligence was handled the same way, it could mean real trouble for the Bush administration with Dems now in the position to launch investigations.


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10 responses to “Fainting Couch Alert!

  1. Tart

    O, my humours!

    Someone loosen my corset, lest I require a jaunt in the hansom to yonder hospice…

  2. The only way to get impeachment started nowadays is to get a special counsel appointed. Start campaigning for that.

  3. The only way to get impeachment started nowadays is to get a special counsel appointed. Start campaigning for that.

    Wouldn’t Gonzalez be the one to appoint the special counsel? Yeah, I’d trust that.

  4. You know, this is the sort of thing that pisses me off the most (and we’ve all had a lot to be pissed off about this week): they knew. They knew all of this would happen and they did not care, and they lied about what they knew for years, and they got away with it. And despite these revelations, they’re still getting away with it.

  5. It’s getting too difficult to think of comments at Shakesville these days! It’s all too much! Arrrgh!

  6. SiouxB

    It’s now crystal clear why they’re so adamant about “we HAVE to win” and anything else is tantamount to “surrendering”. Maybe I’m a little slow here, but I hadn’t quite connected all the psychological dots until now.

    They were told not to do it, warned it could be trouble, and they went ahead and started the war anyway. They knew better, were smarter, could make it work, were willing to take that chance. Probably thought they’d have it all wrapped up WAY before the news ever got out, and they they could point to the nay-sayers and say “See? TOLD you it would work out”.

    But it hasn’t worked out and they’ve been sweating ever since, and hoping it WILL work out before they’re discovered to have taken a hugely idiotic risk against sound (and correct) advice. And the only way to make it work out is to keep trying and keep flipping the situation on its head and make themselves seem noble for trying and everyone else out to be the losers for wanting to stop trying. See? Slick. LOSERS

  7. SAP

    OK, not surprised at all, really.

  8. I agree with Chet – they knew. They knew, and they just. Didn’t. Care. Or, and I wouldn’t put this past them, they knew and they wanted it like this. The more terrorists, the more unrest, the more violence and death and destruction, the more money flows into Halliburton coffers and the more power this traitorous President can usurp. It’s like in Babylon 5 – the Shadows are kicking over the ant hill. Only the goal isn’t to make us stronger through conflict – it’s a lot more ignoble, selfish and greedy.

  9. Ailei, I have a hard time with your view of things. Not because I think you’re wrong, but because it’s just so horrible if you’re right.

    Are the people running this country really that evil? And also that incompetent? And are more than one out of four of my fellow Americans really the sort of people who would go on supporting a regime that has performed this badly (in several senses)?

    God, this is so damn depressing. I’m not being sarcastic — I really do recoil from this because it’s so hideous.

    Please, just impeach the eggsucking cur and let me go on believing in America.

  10. No one could have anticipated the breach of the levees.

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