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Originally posted by Thorfinn Skullsplitter
Wow, ain't this hilarious. All of a sudden that "compelling evidence" that Powell presented to the U.N. that news channels made a big hype about now came from "flawed sources."
Any Bush supporters wanna try and justify this one too?
This administration, is completely, 100% full-of-#...
Originally posted by RavenCat13
during the opening shots of GW's misguided experiment to put Texas oil drillers to work,
Guardian June 2, 2003
Fresh evidence emerged last night that Colin Powell, the
US secretary of state, was so disturbed about questionable
American intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass
destruction that he assembled a secret team to review the
information he was given before he made a crucial speech
to the UN security council on February 5....
...Mr Powell's team removed dozens of pages of alleged
evidence about Iraq's banned weapons and ties to
terrorists from a draft of his speech, US News and World
Report says today. At one point, he became so angry at the
lack of adequate sourcing to intelligence claims that he
declared: "I'm not reading this. This is bull#," according
to the magazine.
Presented with a script for his speech, Mr Powell
suspected that Washington hawks were "cherry picking",
the US magazine Newsweek also reports today.
A powerful "old guard" faction in the Central Intelligence Agency has launched an unprecedented campaign to undermine the Bush administration with a battery of damaging leaks and briefings about Iraq.
The White House is incensed by the increasingly public sniping from some senior intelligence officers who, it believes, are conducting a partisan operation to swing the election on November 2 in favour of John Kerry, the Democratic candidate, and against George W Bush.
Jim Pavitt, a 31-year CIA veteran who retired as a departmental chief in August, said that he cannot recall a time of such "viciousness and vindictiveness" in a battle between the White House and the agency.
John Roberts, a conservative security analyst, commented bluntly: "When the President cannot trust his own CIA, the nation faces dire consequences."
Relations between the White House and the agency are widely regarded as being at their lowest ebb since the hopelessly botched Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba by CIA-sponsored exiles under President John F Kennedy in 1961.
There is anger within the CIA that it has taken all the blame for the failings of pre-war intelligence on Saddam Hussein's weapons programmes.
Former senior CIA officials argue that so-called "neo-conservative" hawks such as the vice president, Dick Cheney, the secretary of defence, Donald Rumsfeld, and his number three at the defence department, Douglas Feith, have prompted the ill-feeling by demanding "politically acceptable" results from the agency and rejecting conclusions they did not like. Yet Colin Powell, the less hardline secretary of state, has also been scathing in his criticism of pre-war intelligence briefings.
The leaks are also a shot across the bows of Porter Goss, the agency's new director and a former Republican congressman. He takes over with orders from the White House to end the in-fighting and revamp the troubled spy agency as part of a radical overhaul of the American intelligence world.
Do you have a clue what you're talking about? I'm just wondering because the "oil driller" statement is ludicrous.
Can you supply the evidence behind it? Can you give me a list of oil wells being drilled because of the Iraqi invasion? Can you give evidence that there has been a substantial increase in wells spudded since the Iraqi invasion?
I don't know! Maybe you can. Maybe you can show that drilling has increased substantially in Texas or anywhere else because we're over there...but I'm seriously doubting it. Please don't tell me you're so misguided you think there's some enormous drilling activity in Iraq! lol