The main reason Bush decided to invade Iraq was over WMD.
Bush admitted so himself...
"Now, look, I -- part of the reason we went into Iraq -- was -- the main reason we went into Iraq -- at the time was we thought he had weapons of mass destruction. It turns out he didn't, but he had the capacity to make weapons of mass destruction. ~ George Bush, 8.21.2006
"Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy." ~ head of MI6
ChrisL: "Saddam wasn't letting UN inspectors in. He acted like a man with something to hide."
Sheik Yerbuti: "Say what?? That's a lie that George Bush told -- that doesn't make it true ..."
Do you see that? The lie which Bush told and you repeated was that Hussein wouldn't let the U.N. inspectors back into Iraq. I proved that was not true by responding with a quote by Hans Blix as he described the unfettered access U.N. inspectors enjoyed since returning to Iraq.
That was a lie Bush told. That is not a lie any Democrat made.
The CIA's Mea Culpa on Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction | TIME.com
Snip: Bottom line, from the CIA’s point of view: Saddam used to lie about possessing WMD, so we believed he still was.
— When the [U.N. and International Atomic Energy Agency] inspections proved more intrusive than expected, the Iraqi leadership appears to have panicked and made a fateful decision to secretly destroy much of the remaining nondeclared items and eliminate the evidence.
— Clumsy but genuine Iraqi moves toward transparency — significant alterations in their “cheat and retreat” pattern — not only went undetected but instead seemed to confirm that Iraq could and would conceal evidence of proscribed programs.
— We now judge that the Iraqis feared that [Saddam’s son-in-law and Iraqi weapons expert Hussein Kamel Hassan al-Majid] — a critical figure in Iraq’s WMD and [denial and deception] activities — would reveal additional undisclosed information. Iraq decided that further widespread deception and attempts to hold onto extensive WMD programs while under U.N. sanctions was untenable and changed strategic direction by adopting a policy of disclosure and improved cooperation.
— Iraq’s firmly established “cheat and retreat” pattern made it difficult for U.N. inspectors and Western analysts to accept new Iraqi assertions at face value.
— A liability of intelligence analysis is that once a party has been proven to be an effective deceiver, that knowledge becomes a heavy factor in the calculation of the analytical observer.
Did the Bush administration manipulate intelligence about Saddam Hussein's weapons programs to justify an invasion of Iraq?
Based on my experience with the administration in the months leading up to the war, I have little choice but to conclude that some of the intelligence related to Iraq's nuclear weapons program was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi threat.
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