But here's the deal. I listened to interviews on the radio at the time of FBI field agents that were complaining that memos sent to FBI headquarters were being ignored or dismissed as trivial! I payed attention to that. Then there was the flight school in Wisconsin that called the FBI two or three times to report that there was men of Middle Eastern dissent that wanted to learn to fly jets, but weren't interested in learning to land or take off!!!!!! Then there was the man who new Niger better than anyone else who was tasked with the mission to go there and determine whether or not they had sold Saddam yellow cake, and when he ( I speak of Joe Wilson of course ) returned he sent his report to the WH which concluded diffinitively that there had been no sale. When the president included in the SOTUA that Niger had sold Saddam yellow cake, he was furious, and outed Bush in an op-ed in the New York Times, which we all know earned him the outing of his wife Valarie Plame.
So, democrats could have used the same deductions that the rest of us did in opposing the war, but their careers were paramount, so they don't get a pass where I'm concerned. And I don't believe Powell either.