A Spy Speaks Out on 60 Minutes

Here we go again, same story, different day – another former CIA official is going to appear on 60 Minutes and tell us the Administration ignored the intel about Iraq. Yawn.

A Spy Speaks Out

A CIA official who had a top role during the run-up to the Iraqi war charges the White House with ignoring intelligence that said there were no weapons of mass destruction or an active nuclear program in Iraq.

The former highest ranking CIA officer in Europe, Tyler Drumheller, also says that while the intelligence community did give the White House some bad intelligence, it also gave the White House good intelligence “” which the administration chose to ignore.

Same story, still just as bogus. Of course we now know, with the benefit of hindsight, which intel was right and which was wrong. That doesn’t mean the president ignored the intel that turned out to be right.

Intel gathering is always an imperfect exercise. There’s always going to be conflicting data and different analyses of that data. Given that, the reasonable response, the only reasonable response, was to assume the worst about Saddam Hussein, not the best. The valid assumption, given that some intel said he had more of a WMD program than other intel information, was to assume that he did. Let us never forget how wrong the CIA was about Iraq’s nuclear program before the 1991 Gulf War.

It’s Mr. Drumheller and his ilk who are now cherry-picking the intel after the fact. Same with all the Bush-bashing Democrats who are now pointing to this or that piece of information gleaned after the invasion of Iraq and saying that we should have known all along, Bush ignored the evidence, it was a fraud made up in Texas, etc.

The bottom line remains that the consensus view in the U.S government and among a number of foreign intelligence agencies was that Saddam was a threat, that he had or was pursuing WMD including nuclear weapons, and that he was a state sponsor of terrorism. After 9/11, and after the Director of the CIA told the president the case against Saddam was “a slam dunk,” the president was obligated to act. He would have been negligent not to.

7 responses to “A Spy Speaks Out on 60 Minutes

  1. Did you actually see the show, or is your response “cherry-picked” as I suspect, from a pre-existing policy list of talking points entitled “My President would never lie to me so therefore everyone else must be lying.” Just curious.

  2. SethFromColorado

    This is the same spin we’ve been getting from the right for a while now. (i.e. criticisms of the way the Bush administration made the case for war and then prosecuted it are merely the second guessing of armchair generals and political opponents with 20/20 hindsight to now inform those criticisms, but, in the actual event, the Bush administration was simply working, moment by moment, in good faith, with the best intelligence it had in defense of the nation.)

    I’m sorry, but, bit by bit, that rationale and rhetoric is being worn threadbare. What the above authors glibly dismisses as “same story, different day” is no mere reiteration of something we’ve heard before. It is, instead, yet another bit of evidence further clarifying the picture of the run up to war, and the picture is one of a Bush administration only interested in what the intelligence community could give them as a way of selling a decision that had already been made. There is no evidence of an administration painfully sifting the intelligence and soul searching as to whether it justified a war and the cost in young Americans lives war would surely bring. It had been decided that 9/11 and the war on terror presented the opportunity for a military solution to the preexisting policy of régime change in Iraq, and the only question left was a pretext on which to sell the war. The pretext was to paint Iraq as being an imminent threat when the facts were quite different.

    Don’t take my word for it of course, but don’t take the authors of this editorials word either. If you want to read the 60 Minutes interview with CIA official Tyler Drumheller, just use your favorite search engine.

  3. “It’s Mr. Drumheller and his ilk who are now cherry-picking ”

    This seems to be a real breakthrough. A rightwinger that actually concedes
    that Bushco Cherry-picked intel. Good show. :)

  4. Is this some kind of joke? Does ANYONE with half a brain not KNOW Bu$hCO Lied us into this war? UnBelievable…Sheez

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  6. I’d hate to be a one of you writers here. I bet even you folks who write this drivel don’t believe it anymore. But you guys have a job to do, and a job is a job right? You just gotta keep soldiering on, and being junior spin doctors for the Bush administration means peddling the latest sophistry no matter how flimsey. After all, there are still a few irredeemably gullible supplicants who believe he is a Proxy for Jesus and who need their daily programming. If you’re lucky, they just might visit this blog. – if they aren’t watching Benny Hinn of course —

  7. Thank you for visiting and sharing your deep thoughts with us Bob.