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Jason Holliston
Monday, July 12, 2004  
The Senate Versus the 9/11 Commission

Dan Darling over at Winds of Change did all the hard work, reading the entire Senate Intelligence Committee report on the supposed intelligence failures leading up to the Iraq War. He spent an entire day perusing 521 pages of compiled report, something that frankly, I have no intention of doing. I'm glad he did it though.

It seems like the Senate Intelligence Committee did a heck of a lot better job of getting the data right and not being over partisan than the 9/11 Commission. The report has reams of interesting stuff, including the fact that Joe Wilson pretty much lied about the whole Africa yellowcake business, that it's likely that there were numerous contacts between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda, and that Iraq was supporting terrorism -- even against the United States -- well beyond what Richard Clarke claimed. In my opinion, probably the most heartening part of the report covered how there is absolutely no evidence of pressure by the Administration on the intelligence services to spin or come to certain conclusions. So, if it does turn out that Iraq didn't have WMD stockpiles (which I still don't believe, personally), it really was an intelligence mistake, not just made here in the U.S., but across the entire intelligence community around the world.

Read the whole thing. This is much better analysis than you'll find in the regular news media.

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