Thursday, June 05, 2008

Time for Pat Roberts to go

Remember Sen. Pat Roberts, who even the normally pro-Republican Wichita Eagle said "dragged his feet on a promised but long-delayed Senate investigation into whether the White House cherry-picked and amplified prewar intelligence to fit its preconceived goal of invading Iraq"? His footdragging was so bad, in fact, that Harry Reid shut down the Senate in November of 2005, a move that Roberts called a "blindside attack."

Well, since he lost control of the Senate Intelligence Committee in 2006, it's actually been doing the work of the people, investigating how we got into this bullshit war. They've finally released the report Roberts was impeding and it's obvious why he was trying to hold it up. According to Talking Points Memo, the committee found:
-Statements and implications by the President and Secretary of State suggesting that Iraq and al-Qa'ida had a partnership, or that Iraq had provided al-Qa'ida with weapons training, were not substantiated by the intelligence.

--Statements by the President and the Vice President indicating that Saddam Hussein was prepared to give weapons of mass destruction to terrorist groups for attacks against the United States were contradicted by available intelligence information.

--Statements by President Bush and Vice President Cheney regarding the postwar situation in Iraq, in terms of the political, security, and economic, did not reflect the concerns and uncertainties expressed in the intelligence products.

--Statements by the President and Vice President prior to the October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate regarding Iraq's chemical weapons production capability and activities did not reflect the intelligence community's uncertainties as to whether such production was ongoing.

--The Secretary of Defense's statement that the Iraqi government operated underground WMD facilities that were not vulnerable to conventional airstrikes because they were underground and deeply buried was not substantiated by available intelligence information.

--The Intelligence Community did not confirm that Muhammad Atta met an Iraqi intelligence officer in Prague in 2001 as the Vice President repeatedly claimed.
Go give some money to Roberts' opponent, Jim Slattery. We don't need a "reliable partisan apologist for the Bush administration on intelligence and security controversies" tainting the Senate any longer.


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