Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Why did it take us so long to invade Iraq?

From time to time some Leftie will pull himself off the floor and mutter, for the trillionth time, “Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11.”

This has continued almost unabated for at least 6 years and it has almost rewritten history. Time to take a look and understand that the only problem these slobbering ones have is that is a meaningless statement.

The question should be, why did Bush and the Senate, Democrats included, decide to invade Iraq?

Could it be that Bush was concerned for the safety of the country? I mean what a concept. I wonder where he could have gotten such an idea?

Perhaps it was that everyone believed Iraq had WMD’s. And everyone includes the CIA, NSA, FBI and every other major security group in the world. I mean here we had been attacked on 9/11 and the people that we hire to know such things all said, “Yep. Saddam has’em.”

Now besides all of the world’s intelligence agencies, what did they have? Well, for one thing the Clinton DOJ had told them in an indictment issued 11/6/1998.

“New York -- A U.S. Federal Grand Jury in New York on Nov. 5 issued an indictment against Usama Bin Laden alleging that he and others engaged in a long-term conspiracy to attack U.S. facilities overseas and to kill American citizens.

The indictment noted that Al Qaeda, Bin Laden's international terrorist group, forged alliances with the National Islamic Front in Sudan and with the government of Iran and with its associated group Hezballah to "work together against their perceived common enemies in the West, particularly the United States."

Additionally, the indictment states that Al Qaeda reached an agreement with Iraq not to work against the regime of Saddam Hussein and that they would work cooperatively with Iraq, particularly in weapons development.”


And then we have:

“The National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) is the intelligence community's authoritative written judgment on specific national-security issues. The 2002 NIE provided a key judgment: "Iraq has continued its [WMD] programs in defiance of U.N. resolutions and restrictions. Baghdad has chemical and biological weapons as well as missiles with ranges in excess of U.N. restrictions; if left unchecked, it probably will have a nuclear weapon during this decade."


Of course Saddam had done nothing for his image by sending money to the families of suicide bombers who killed themselves while killing Jews, and anyone else who was in the immediate vicinity.


And then we knew this, which is included in Fitzgerald’s 9/11 Commission testimony.

“We did understand from people, including al-Fadl -- and my recollection is that he would have described this most likely in public at the trial that we had, but I can't tell you that for sure; that was a few years ago -- that at a certain point they decided that they wouldn't work against each other and that we believed a fellow in al Qaeda named Mondu Saleem (ph), Abu Harzai (ph) the Iraqi, tried to reach a, sort of, understanding where they wouldn't work against each other. Sort of, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”


I mean, that is all that Bush had.

Oh yeah. Even Joe Wilson thought that Iraq was trying to purchase uranium and had told the CIA that.

The CIA's DO gave the former ambassador's information a grade of "good," which means that it added to the IC's body of understanding on the issue, ( ). The possible grades are unsatisfactory, satisfactory, good, excellent, and outstanding, which, according to the Deputy Chief of CPD, are very subjective. SENTENCE DELETED The reports officer said that a "good" grade was merited because the information responded to at least some of the outstanding questions in the Intelligence Community, but did not provide substantial new information. He said he judged that the most important fact in the report was that the Nigerien officials admitted that the Iraqi delegation had traveled there in 1999, and that the Nigerien Prime Minister believed the Iraqis were interested in purchasing uranium, because this provided some confirmation of foreign government service reporting.


I mean really, shouldn't the question be....

George, what took you so long?

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