Originally Posted by jcat
I hardly think that the "left-wing media" accusation will offer an excuse here.
If only. No, whilst that article was chilling and a confirmation of many people's worst fears about what went on before the invasion, there'll be plenty who'll be happy to pick holes in it.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time this kind of thing has tarnished the `integrity' (and I use that word figuratively) of the Bush administration. They were adequately forewarned of an imminent terrorist threat before 9/11 too, and did absolutely nothing about it. A large-scale terrorist attack would certainly have helped the Bush agenda and it did just that - provided an excuse to invade the Middle East. No way were they going to move on the information they were given.
Same thing here. To acknowledge the truth about the total, complete and utter lack of WMDs in Iraq, which was known well before the war started, would be to interfere with an agenda that was moving along very nicely. Depose our former ally, exercise control over the oil wells of the Middle East, and establish ourselves at the forefront of military, political and economic power in the world. The fact that it has backfired so incomprehensibly badly could also have been foreseen, but like so much else, was utterly ignorned. What a sorry state of affairs this administration has overseen.
The only thing is, whilst most of us learn from our 20/20 hindsight, both fore- and hindsight are advantages this government seems to be doggedly unwilling to utilise.