"You're the only person that decides how far you'll go and what you're capable of." - Ben Saunders (Explorer and Endurance Athlete)
Morell of the CIA just came out with his Book and has been doing interviews. Here is a bit what he had to say about Iraq and Bush Jr, on the Hugh Hewitt Show. Good stuff and straight from one of the Main players then and today.
MM: Yeah, I think itís a totally unfair question, right, for somebody to say knowing what we know now, would you do something. That makes no sense, right? You never know what you know how when youíre making a decision. You only know what you knew then. So I think itís a much more reasonable question to say if you knew then what President Bush knew, what you would do, and then it gets really tough, right? Because again, itís all about the context, Hugh, and the context was, again, 3,000 people had just been killed, the CIA telling you that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction, including restarting a nuclear weapons program that he had once and had stopped, the CIA telling you that he supports Palestinian terrorist groups, and not al Qaeda, but Palestinian terrorist groups, and the President sitting there thinking you know, I canít afford to take the risk of this guy use those weapons of mass destruction against me directly, or I canít take the risk of him giving those weapons to a terrorist group. So when you put the context around anything, right, you look at it in a different light. So I think people have been completely unfair to Governor Bush here. The question is not given what you know now. The question really is given what you know then, thatís the question I think he thought he was answering. And given all the members of Congress at the time who voted to go to war in Iraq and given what the President thought, I think the Governor is on solid footing.
HH: A couple of pages later, you write that the CIAís judgment about Saddam and WMD was nothing new, nor was it unique. The perception that the Bush administration pushed the intelligence community toward believing that Saddam had WMD is just wrong. No one pushed us. We were already there. The notion that we were telling the White House wanted to hear can easily be debunked. Look at the question of Saddamís connections to al Qaeda. We held our ground, the Agency held its ground, and refused to go where the intelligence did not take us. On WMD, if weíd believed it was likely Saddam had none, it would have been an act of madness to take the position we did. Following an invasion, a stockpile would either turn up or not. To go to war knowing youíre going to be proving wrong would be insane. Thatís the kind of airtight analysis that has been missing from a lot of this hyper-politicized debate.
MM: So for years, for years, thereís been the view out there, Hugh, that CIA, the U.S. intelligence community, was pushed into this judgment by the Bush White House or hardliners in the Bush administration. Itís complete nonsense, as I walk through in the book. You know, Iíll tell you, the only thing you really need to know is that the CIA believed this about Iraqís weapons of mass destruction before George Bush ever came to office. We were telling the same story to President Clinton......snip~
Former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morell on "The Great War Of Our Time" ę The Hugh Hewitt Show
Both were equally naive about Arab culture. One thought they could turn them into us. The other thought they would just become us as if by magic.
In either case, they remained who they are -- a people that routinely marries close family members, values blood over ideology, and clings resolutely to social mores rooted in the distant past.
"you're better off on Stormfront discussing how evil brown men are taking innocent white flowers." Infinite Chaos
Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki Urges Greater U.S. Support.....
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, in an October 31 address at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, called for more support from the United States in countering an ongoing wave of terrorism in Iraq that has been attributed primarily to al-Qaida-backed extremists, as well as for American patience as Iraq tries to build its young democracy amid the country’s deep internal political disputes.
Maliki described Iraq’s terrorism challenge as “huge and increasing—and we should face it.” The prime minister, making his first visit to Washington since the withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Iraq was completed in December 2011, said he came to Washington “to consolidate the SFA [the bilateral Strategic Framework Agreement] at all levels,” including cooperation on security, trade and investment, reconstruction and education. He will speak with President Obama on Nov. 1 and has already met with Vice President Biden, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and congressional leaders.
The centerpiece of his USIP speech was an appeal for more U.S. support in defeating al-Qaida militants in Iraq. Iraq is seeking additional U.S. weaponry, including Apache attack helicopters and drones, though Maliki’s remarks focused on counterterrorism and intelligence cooperation. “Iraq needs its friends, to benefit from their experience and training,” he said......snip~
Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki Urges Greater U.S. Support | United States Institute of Peace