Despite growing controversy over it, WMD hunt in Iraq slows

From Yahoo/AP

Here's a key sentence:

The slowdown comes after checks of more than 230 sites "” drawn from a master intelligence list compiled before the war "” turned up none of the chemical or biological weapons the Bush administration said it went after Saddam Hussein to destroy.

Does this not say something about prewar intel?

Plus:

But without evidence of weapons, the CIA and other intelligence agencies have begun reviewing the accuracy of information they supplied to the administration before the March invasion of Iraq.

Mind you, the CIA intel was part of most of the rhetoric leading up to the war

I think the head of the CIA will lose his job.

Unfortunate that he would; Tenet is one of Powell''s closest ally''s in the Cabinet. If Tenet goes, expect him to be replaced by someone ""friendlier"" to Rumsfeld and Cheney''s position. Also if Tenet goes, I''m willing to bet that Powell will go next or he''ll leave in face of the his further marginalization.

Edit: And don''t forget Tony Blair. Bush at least has the backing of his own party.

"Rat Boy" wrote:

Unfortunate that he would; Tenet is one of Powell''s closest ally''s in the Cabinet. If Tenet goes, expect him to be replaced by someone ""friendlier"" to Rumsfeld and Cheney''s position. Also if Tenet goes, I''m willing to bet that Powell will go next or he''ll leave in face of the his further marginalization.

Edit: And don''t forget Tony Blair. Bush at least has the backing of his own party.

Powell won''t leave. Powell and Bush actually get along.

I believe Powell has already announced he intends to step down after this term. I haven''t heard any reports that he changed his mind.

Well, if it was indeed his fault, I don''t mind seeing him go. However, I would hate to see him go if he was ""prodded"" to produce the data that someone needed, then discarded as the scapegoat. Not saying anyone prodded him, but in a situation like this, its just as likely. Either way, this whole thing sucks.

*edit*: I was talking about the head of the CIA, then like three people posted before I could

"Ulairi" wrote:

Powell and Bush actually get along.

That''s still a matter of debate. In-between Afghanistan and Iraq, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and General Myers practically monopolized President Bush''s time in comparison to Powell. Bush make like Powell, but the president action''s make it clear that Powell and the State Department play second fiddle next to Rumsfeld and the Pentagon.

There are also members of the Party who think Powell was weak in dealing with Iraq and wouldn''t mind seeing him go.

"Elysium" wrote:

I believe Powell has already announced he intends to step down after this term. I haven''t heard any reports that he changed his mind.

Can you show me any source? This would have big big news.

"Rat Boy" wrote:
"Ulairi" wrote:

Powell and Bush actually get along.

That''s still a matter of debate. In-between Afghanistan and Iraq, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and General Myers practically monopolized President Bush''s time in comparison to Powell. Bush make like Powell, but the president action''s make it clear that Powell and the State Department play second fiddle next to Rumsfeld and the Pentagon.

There are also members of the Party who think Powell was weak in dealing with Iraq and wouldn''t mind seeing him go.

There is always conflict between State and the Pentagon. I do not think Powell will leave. I think there is a better chance of Rummy leaving than Powell.

Why would Rumsfeld leave if he''s been consistently getting what he wants? Hell, he''s even trying to militarize space for crying out loud and he''s getting the money to do it.

"Rat Boy" wrote:

Why would Rumsfeld leave if he''s been consistently getting what he wants? Hell, he''s even trying to militarize space for crying out loud and he''s getting the money to do it.

Militarizing Space isnt'' a bad idea. We can move the tech faster. The Military isn''t evil. Rummy gets what he wants the Powell way.

Great, just what we need. People on other planets pissed at the US''s foreign policy.

"Rat Boy" wrote:

Great, just what we need. People on other planets pissed at the US''s foreign policy.

MILITARY EVIL! BUSH EVIL! MUST BECOME COMMUNIST STATE!

"Ulairi" wrote:
"Rat Boy" wrote:

Great, just what we need. People on other planets pissed at the US''s foreign policy.

MILITARY EVIL! BUSH EVIL! MUST BECOME COMMUNIST STATE!

Wow, you two will turn anything into an us vs them argument

While the military turning to space is a decent idea, the problem is that there is noone out there to fight, whats the motivation? Privatizing space has some benefits as well, for instance if there were colonies established on the moon for private companies to mine/colonize whatever, then we could justify the militarization of space, to fight off the colonies

Bigger budget for space programs, at last!