"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
Who are we saying destroyed the great American society today?
"We ain't a sharp species. We kill each other over arguments about what happens when you die, then fail to see the ******* irony in that." - Justin Halpern
All of the major western intelligence agencies believed Hussein had chemical and biological agents. Most believed he was developing the technologies that lead to nuclear weapons. I believe that Hussein was the target of intentional deception by his subordinates and that every intelligence agency believed the deception. Given his prior use of chemical weapons against his political enemies and the Iranians it was a reasonable, even if wrong, assessment.
I do not understand your apparent hatred for G. Bush. I can understand why you wanted to defeat him. Despite your hate try to be honest.
once upon a time I was involved with briefing books. The all source analysis guys routinely identified topics of interest to their audience and reviewed all levels of material as they wrote the briefing pieces. The books were also tailored to the level of interest the audience had in the topic. Some people want only the bottom line. Others want all the details that went into the assessment. I have seen both. And the answers did not change.
The US may very well be doomed. We do get the leaders we deserve.