Press once again (yawn) shown too eager to bash Bush…

In a "60 Minutes" interview on April 23, Tyler Drumheller, a former chief of the CIA’s Europe division, made a sensational charge. He claimed that President Bush and his White House ignored intelligence before the invasion of Iraq indicating that Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction. Naji Sabri, the then Iraqi foreign minister source, was supposedly telling the CIA that Saddam had no WMD, and president Bush and his White House weren’t interested in the claim. "He [Sabri] told us that they had no active weapons of mass destruction program," Drumheller told correspondent Ed Bradley in a segment called "A Spy Speaks Out." WELL WELL WELL – Now it appears Drumheller’s claim was untrue, according to the findings of a Senate Select Committee on Intelligence investigation. Rather than undercutting the Bush administration’s rationale for invading Iraq, Sabri’s account shows how well-founded the intelligence on Saddam’s weapons program appeared to be. An addenda to the Senate report on postwar findings about Iraq’s WMD program says all the operational documents relating to Sabri indicate he told the CIA just the opposite of what Drumheller claimed. The Senate report refers to Sabri as a source with direct access to Saddam Hussein and his inner circle but does not name him. "Both the operations cable and the intelligence report prepared for high-level policy-makers [based on interrogation of the source] said that while Saddam Hussein did not have a nuclear weapon, ‘he was aggressively and covertly developing such a weapon,’" the Senate report said. The documents said "Iraq was producing and stockpiling chemical weapons," according to the addendum, signed by Sens. Pat Roberts, R–Kan., Orrin G. Hatch, R–Utah, and Saxby Chambliss, R–Ga. Iraq’s weapon of last resort was mobile launched chemical weapons, which would be fired at enemy forces and Israel, the CIA documents said. Moreover, there is "not a single document relating to this case which indicates that the source said Iraq had no WMD programs," the addenda said. "On the contrary, all of the information about this case so far indicates that the information from this source was that Iraq did have WMD programs." What the source said was consistent with the CIA’s October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate, the report said. The report added: "The committee is still exploring why the former chief/EUR’s public remarks differ so markedly from the documentation." Ironically (NOT!!), just as Drumheller claimed that Bush ignored the truth about Iraq, the media have ignored the documentation in the Senate report demolishing Drumheller’s claim. Anybody still suprised when the media ignores a VINDICATION FOR THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION?!?!
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