I hardly rule out the possibility Clinton exaggerated the Iraqi threat. But at the time, the UN inspectors were in some doubt as to whether Hussein was in compliance. By 2003, Hans Blix was confident Iraq had been disarmed, with a few unresolved issues he felt could be determined within several months.<quoted text>December 16,1998 WASHINGTON (CNN)-- Bush and Cheney are cway's cover of smoke and deranged bullshit..
***Regardless of the truth or falsity of Clinton's earlier claims, the Bush administration manufactured their own set of lies and pushed them relentlessly on the public.***
Cheney made these remarks:
"We know he has been absolutely trying to acquire nuclear weapons and we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons."
Former senior CIA analyst, Paul Pillar, had this to say regarding the administration's handling of intelligence:
"It has become clear that official intelligence was not relied on in making even the most significant national security decisions, that intelligence was misused publicly to justify decisions already made...
Pillar further wrote that the prewar intelligence asserted Hussein's "weapons capacities," but he said the "broad view" within the United States and overseas "was that Saddam was being kept 'in his box' " by U.N. sanctions."
Note how the White House's media hit man and CIA outer, Robert Novak, fingered Pillar in a negative editorial after the latter expressed belief the insurgency in Iraq could escalate into a full-scale guerilla war. It was an election year and Bush was trying to convince voters the aftermath was going smoothly.
The Bush administration knew the alleged Hussein purchase of yellow uranium was bogus and a CIA agent pointed it out in March, 2002. Despite this, Bush went right ahead ten months later and used the suspect documents in his January, 2003 address to Congress.
When former ambassador, Joe Wilson, returning from an investigative trip to **Nigeria**, publicly challenged the uranium allegations, the administration's response was to reveal the covert identity of his CIA wife, Valerie Plame.
The Downing Street Memo makes clear that facts were being "fixed" around policy.
(To be continued)