You almost answered the question of where our intelligence came from, after Bill Clinton gutted the CIA with his human rights purge and Bush taking over with no foreign intelligence capabilities to speak of.<quoted text>lol! Your turn....
".... SPIEGEL: The German government was convinced that "Curveball" would not be used in the now famous presentation that then US Secretary of State Colin Powell gave in 2003 before the United Nations Security Council.
Drumheller: I had assured my German friends that it wouldn't be in the speech. I really thought that I had put it to bed. I had warned the CIA deputy John McLaughlin that this case could be fabricated. The night before the speech, then CIA director George Tenet called me at home. I said: "Hey Boss, be careful with that German report. It's supposed to be taken out. There are a lot of problems with that." He said: "Yeah, yeah. Right. Dont worry about that."
SPIEGEL: But it turned out to be the centerpiece in Powell’s presentation -- and nobody had told him about the doubts.
Drumheller: I turned on the TV in my office, and there it was. So the first thing I thought, having worked in the government all my life, was that we probably gave Powell the wrong speech. We checked our files and found out that they had just ignored it.
SPIEGEL: So the White House just ignored the fact that the whole story might have been untrue?
Drumheller: The policy was set. The war in Iraq was coming and they were looking for intelligence to fit into the policy. Right before the war, I said to a very senior CIA officer: "You guys must have something else," because you always think it's the CIA. "There is some secret thing I don`t know." He said: "No. But when we get to Baghdad, we are going to find warehouses full of stuff. Nobody is going to remember all of this."..."
Germany is one of the countries giving the US intelligence on Iraq.
That intelligence was given to Vallerie Plame to verify, as is exactly what her job description reads. Valerie Plame verified that intelligence. Thus, this is what the president had to go on.
But, you accidentally stumbled onto the REAL reason for ousting Saddam Hussein. Just how do you think it was that Germany had such detailed intelligence gathering capabilities in Iraq?
Do you think that they being the single largest contractor rebuilding Saddam Hussien's war machine and being paid with money Saddam was stealing from the UN's oil-for-food scam would be motivated to give to the US any information that would keep the sanctions against Saddam Hussein current and the money stolen from the UN's oil-for-food scam continually being given to them?
It was Vallerie Plame's job to verify this intelligence.
Now, I can't lay all the blame on Vallerie Plame. After all, she was working in the CIA, and when Bush took office Bill Clinton had gutted the CIA to nothing. So, she really had nothing to use to verify the bad intelligence from (among a total of three countries giving intelligence to Vallerie Plame)Germany.
Damn. If you keep stumbling around here, you're eventually going to stumble across the facts, just like you just did.