WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said
Sunday she regrets the U.S. relied on flawed intelligence as the basis for
going to war in Iraq and took partial responsibility for mismanaging the
Aside from the Idiot in Chief, who is likewise taking a much deserved Defeat Lap and saying similarly stupid and nonsensical things, is there anyone as despicable as this woman?
She was the National Security Advisor. It was her job and her greatest responsibility to assess whether or not the basis for going to war, which she peddled non-stop on every Tee Vee show for months in 2002 and 2003, was flawed.
And the intelligence that was the basis for going to war in Iraq was so flawed that it required the Bush administration to make nine hundred and thirty five public and intentional misstatements and misrepresentations of that intelligence in order to sell the American people on the idea that immediate war in Iraq was necessary.
The intelligence was so flawed that when the Bush administration provided Colin Powell with evidence to present to the United Nations Security Council it was so laughable that even the good soldier Powell threw pages of his speech into the air and declared: "I'm not reading this. This is bullshit!"
The intelligence was so flawed that, nine months before the illegal and un-Constitutional war Bush declared on Iraq, the British had determined that it was bogus and being manipulated by the Bush administration.
The intelligence was so flawed and so weak that, just weeks before Bush and his National Security Advisor kicked the weapons inspectors out of Iraq and rushed the United States into a disastrous and unnecessary war, sixty percent of Americans still thought we should give weapons inspectors more time to determine if war was really necessary.
The intelligence was so flawed that the man who provided it to Bush and his National Security Advisor was disgraced by being forced to accept the "highest civil award given to men and women of exceptional merit, integrity and achievement", the Medal of Freedom.
The intelligence was so flawed that the Chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, whose only job was oversight of our intelligence agencies during the the rush to war, was likewise disgraced by his failure to ensure that the CIA provided reliable and accurate intelligence to the President and his National Security Advisor. As a result of his profound and regrettable incompetence, he was appointed to head the CIA.
The Bush administration did not rely on flawed intelligence. The Bush administration, including Condi Rice, manufactured flawed intelligence. They made it up, they packaged it, and they sold it to the American people. And it was still so shitty and weak and flimsy, that after a nine month and mulit-billion dollar media blitz, most Americans still weren't entirely sold on this lemon.
And now Bush and his Magic Eight Ball want to express their regrets at relying on "flawed intelligence"? They want to act like they were victims of "flawed intelligence"?
We certainly had an "intelligence" failure during the tenure of Bush and his moronic National Security Advisor Rice. But it didn't involve information gathering.
It involved having having total idiots running our government.