Monday, February 13, 2006

I Have A Dream

The Democrats have a good chance of regaining control of the House, and possibly the Senate, in the coming off year elections. If they do, I hope they have the guts to do the right thing and impeach Bush. If you think I am being too tough on W., let's review the evidence for impeachment.

The most recent evidence comes from a retired CIA official, Paul Pillar, who was the national intelligence officer ( NIO) for the Near East and South Asia from 2000 to 2005 and was considered the CIA's leading counter terrorism analyst. For those of you unfamiliar with the NIO's duties a little explanation is in order. The NIO is the officer responsible for coordinating all intelligence and producing the National Intelligence Estimate in a particular geographical area. As such, it is a very powerful office and is privy to all the intelligence for its area of responsibility.

Mr. Pillar has accused the administration of cherry picking intelligence on Iraq to justify a decision it had already reached to go to war, and of ignoring warnings that the country could easily fall into violence and chaos after an invasion to overthrow Saddam Hussein. In an upcoming issue of the journal Foreign Affairs he writes, "Official intelligence on Iraqi weapons programs was flawed, but even with its flaws, it was not what led to the war. It has become clear that official intelligence was not relied on in making even the most significant national security decisions that intelligence was misused publicly to justify decisions already made, and that the intelligence community's own work was politicized." Prior to his revelations we had the Downing Street Memo, a report based on verbatim U. S. and British talks in 2002 in which the British report that the United States had already decided to invade Iraq and that the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy. In other words here was the smoking gun which proved that the Administration cooked the intelligence to justify the invasion of Iraq.

In the Pentagon, a little known office was created whose function was to consolidate and review the intelligence reporting from the IC. Know as the Office of Special Plans (OSP), it provided cover for the Bush administration in the event no WMD were found in Iraq. What the OSP did, with the full knowledge of the White House, was to remove all the caveats from the intelligence reporting and thus make the intelligence reporting appear to be much stronger than the authors intended it to be. The evidence is overwhelming and cannot be ignored.

To paraphrase Dr. Martin Luther King, I have a dream that one day the Democrats will gain control of both the House and Senate and do the right thing and impeach our imperial President.

David Goldberg