The Bush administration distorted intelligence and presented conjecture as evidence to justify a U.S. invasion of Iraq (news - web sites), according to a retired intelligence official who served during the months before the war.
"What disturbs me deeply is what I think are the disingenuous statements made from the very top about what the intelligence did say," said Greg Thielmann, who retired last September. "The area of distortion was greatest in the nuclear field."
Thielmann was director of the strategic, proliferation and military issues office in the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research. His office was privy to classified intelligence gathered by the CIA (news - web sites) and other agencies about Iraq's chemical, biological and nuclear programs.
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The interesting question is will you use patented conservative response
#1:Hey, as long as Saddam's gone. Who cares about things like deceiving the American public, or fabricating evidence.
#2: This guy is totally just doing this to get attention. And, he's totally not credible. And someone in an important position just denied everything this guy says, and also anything other guys who agree with this guy say. Totally.
or #3: Bush is teh AWESOME. France suXX0rz! Teh UN is dumb. Nuke Afghanistan. And, um, something about 9/11!!!1!1
Ah, snide derision from the left. Come on, you've grown to expect it at this point. Not that I think the American public will actually care. I mean, unless someone is getting fellated, then it just doesn't have legs in the media, ya know. Yeah, a bunch of people died, but most of them were brown and not American, so big whoop, am I right! Either way, it's nice to see you guys fielded every bit as much a liar in office as our boys did. So much for moral superiority...
I'm not actually trying to start a debate here. Just found some mud on the ground, and felt like slinging it.