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More evidence Bush given falty intelligence? Woodward: Tenet told Bush WMD case a 'slam dunk'

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posted on Apr, 18 2004 @ 09:21 PM
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- About two weeks before deciding to invade Iraq, President Bush was told by CIA Director George Tenet there was a "slam dunk case" that dictator Saddam Hussein had unconventional weapons, according to a new book by Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward.

That declaration was "very important" in his decision making, according to "Plan of Attack," which is being excerpted this week in the Post.

Bush also made his decision to go to war without consulting Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld or Secretary of State Colin Powell, Woodward's book says.

Powell was not even told until after the Saudi ambassador was allowed to review top-secret war plans in an effort to enlist his country's support for the invasion, Woodward reports.

Cheney told Saudi Ambassador Prince Bandar bin Sultan that once the war started, Saddam would be "toast," according to Woodward, who has written or co-written several best-selling books on Washington politics, including "All the President's Men" with Carl Bernstein.

The book also reports that in the summer of 2002, $700 million was diverted from a congressional appropriation for the war in Afghanistan to develop a war plan for Iraq.

Woodward suggests the diversion may have been illegal -- and that Congress was deliberately kept in the dark about what had been done.

Woodward's book was also the subject of an interview Sunday on CBS's "60 Minutes."

The book is based on interviews with 75 people involved in planning for the war, including Bush, the only source who spoke for attribution.

Woodward quotes Bush as saying he did not feel the need to ask his principal advisers, including Cheney, Rumsfeld and Powell, whether they thought he ought to go to war because "I could tell what they thought."

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posted on Apr, 18 2004 @ 09:22 PM
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You fail to understand that saying something is a slam dunk doesnt equal a death sentence if you miss horribly. The WMD existed then and continues to exist in the cozy confines of Syria.


jhh

posted on Apr, 18 2004 @ 09:27 PM
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I like how at the end he threw in that saudi's were going to increase oil production in order to lower prices before the election.



posted on Apr, 18 2004 @ 09:32 PM
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It's weird; all this terrorism stuff seems to keep pointing to the CIA; Bin Laden, Saddam, Afghanistan... etc.. Is this somehow connected into something larger? Anyone have any theories?



posted on Apr, 18 2004 @ 09:33 PM
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Originally posted by RedDragon
It's weird; all this terrorism stuff seems to keep pointing to the CIA; Bin Laden, Saddam, Afghanistan... etc.. Is this somehow connected into something larger? Anyone have any theories?



Something larger = over all war on terror.

And I reiterate my guarantee that the WMD is in Syria.



posted on Apr, 18 2004 @ 09:41 PM
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What I mean is: Who,if anyone, in the CIA is directing all this? It's obvious to me that this WOT seems to be co-ordianated, controlled and predicted. I guess the question is, who benefits from this?

[Edited on 4/18/04 by RedDragon]



posted on Apr, 18 2004 @ 09:42 PM
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Originally posted by RedDragon
What I mean is: Who in the CIA is directing all this? It's obviously co-ordianated, controlled and predicted. I guess the question is, who benefits from this?


America in the future, its a step towards normalizing the ME.



posted on Apr, 18 2004 @ 10:15 PM
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