Saturday, May 26, 2007

Of Course They Saw The Same Intelligence

"That's why more than a hundred Democrats in the House and the Senate -- who had access to the same intelligence -- voted to support removing Saddam Hussein from power."

"We provide the Congress a lot of intelligence information, and they did have access to the same intelligence that we saw prior to making the decision to go into Iraq."

We just didn't let 'em see everything. McClatchy (05.25.07):

"U.S. intelligence agencies warned the Bush administration before the invasion of Iraq that ousting Saddam Hussein would create a 'significant risk' of sectarian strife, encourage al-Qaida attacks and open the way for Iranian interference.

Intelligence agencies warned Bush about challenges of Iraq invasion

"The Senate Intelligence Committee on Friday released declassified prewar intelligence reports and summaries of others that cautioned that establishing democracy in Iraq would be 'long, difficult and probably turbulent' and said that while most Iraqis would welcome elections, the country's ethnic and religious leaders would be unwilling to share power."

A new revelation? Hardly. Washington Post (12.16.05):

"A congressional report made public yesterday concluded that President Bush and his inner circle had access to more intelligence and reviewed more sensitive material than what was shared with Congress when it gave Bush the authority to wage war against Iraq.

Democrats said the 14-page report contradicts Bush's contention that lawmakers saw all the evidence before U.S. troops invaded in March 2003, stating that the president and a small number of advisers 'have access to a far greater volume of intelligence and to more sensitive intelligence information.'"

Report: Bush Had More Prewar Intelligence Than Congress

"The report does not cite examples of intelligence Bush reviewed that differed from what Congress saw. If such information is available, the report's authors do not have access to it. The Bush administration has routinely denied Congress access to documents, saying it would have a chilling effect on deliberations."

Not to mention it'd make 'em look like liars.

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