"The Washington Post said the House of Representatives’ intelligence committee report backed the White House position that Tehran was developing a nuclear weapons program that posed a significant danger to the US, but it chided the intelligence community for not providing enough direct evidence to support that assertion.
"American intelligence agencies do not know nearly enough about Iran’s nuclear weapons program" to help policy-makers at a critical time, the report said.
Information "regarding potential Iranian chemical weapons and biological weapons programs is neither voluminous nor conclusive", and little evidence had been gathered to tie Iran to al-Qa’ida and the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah, it said. The report warns the US intelligence community to avoid the mistakes made regarding weapons of mass destruction before the Iraq war, noting that Iran could easily be engaged in "a denial and deception campaign to exaggerate progress on its nuclear program as Saddam Hussein apparently did concerning his WMD programs". " Washpost
Out of sight!
The last quotation is the best. "as Saddam Hussein apparently did concerning his WMD programs." Right!! SH sought to "deceive" the world by not admitting that he no longer had any such capability." Yup. He fooled the US government and made us believe he still had capabilities that he did not have. No? Where is the evidence that he had such capabilities? The pitiful 20 year old stocks of artillery shells that someone has dug up and that the desperate (like Santorum) want you to believe were a threat to the US armed forces or the United States itself. By the way, I think Santorum is probably going to be elected, a commentary on Pennsylvania.
This 29 page retort from the House Intelligence Committee is so obvious a "stage setter" for another attack on the credibility of the Intelligence Community that this is just absurd.
The intelligence products that were used to justify the Iraq War were truly an intelligence failure as were the failed policy decisions and pressure that led to those documents.
What went wrong in the Intelligence Community?
1-Rotten leadership at the top that was both political and self-serving. (Tenet and Jacoby)
2-Unremitting neocon pressure on analysts and intelligence managers to "support policy" by finding evidence, however flimsy, to support PR campaigns against the American citizenry.
This kind of pressure against the analysts, which never demands a re-write, but always demands a re-consideration of unfavored views inevitably leads to the desired result if intelligence and policy leadership do not halt it.
By the way, the emphasis on "media management " and internal propaganda has continued unabated. Today, even formerly respectable military officers accept the concept of "information operations" directed at the American people. Such operations continue apace with the eager cooperation of the corporate media.
The various committees, boards, etc., who declared that no one had been pressured? Give me a break.. The Republicans like Roberts and those who wanted to curry favor were careful to interview officers in such a way as to make it clear that one could not entrust one’s fate to such people. In some cases the witnesses had been reminded by senior leadership before their testimony that they had not been "pressured."
So, now it has come again, the "beast that walks." The principal author of this report was John Bolton’s assistant in the State Department when the first "snow job" was underway. What new discoveries about Iran will be the product of such pressure?