Friday, December 16, 2005

King and Lack of Intelligence

One of the many excuses/accusations republicans like King use to attack anti-war Dems and/or Dems who voted for the use of force (as a last measure) in Iraq is that the Dems had the same intelligence that the President had. King also tries to cite intelligence reports that concur with Bush but guess what? That's not the whole story.
Turns out that Congress did not receive the same intelligence that the President got and he has been lying about it.

King said on the House floor in July of 2003:
"Mr. Speaker, in light of the incessant barrage of attacks of inaccurate and baseless charges being made against President Bush by his political opponents and their allies in the media, I thought it important to include in the Record the declassified portions of the National Intelligence Estimate released by the White House this past Friday. This NIE clearly states the consensus view of our intelligence agencies that Saddam Hussein was attempting to reconstitute his nuclear capacity. The first half of these documents are being submitted today and the second half tomorrow. I commend these documents to all willing to approach this vital issue with an open mind."

This was just more water-carrying by King for Bush. The fact is, Saddam had no capabilities to "reconstitute" a "nuclear capacity" he didn't have.

King stood by at a reception at the Carltun at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow in March 2004 as Bush said " September the 11th, 2001 taught a lesson I will never forget: America must confront threats before they fully materialize. In Iraq, my administration looked at the intelligence, and we saw a threat. The Congress looked at the same intelligence, and they saw a threat. The United Nations Security Council looked at the intelligence, and it saw a threat. The previous administration and Congress looked at the intelligence and made regime change in Iraq the policy of our country."

When will the lies about pre-war Iraq intelligence stop?

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