Wait: Bush Did Lie, and People Did Die

It’s never been particularly difficult to prove that Bush lied in the run-up to the war in Iraq. He was constantly claiming that Saddam Hussein had certain weapons capabilities in direct contradiction to what George Tenet claimed the CIA knew. But this is particularly egregious proof, via Mustang Bobby:

On Sept. 18, 2002, CIA director George Tenet briefed President Bush in the Oval Office on top-secret intelligence that Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction, according to two former senior CIA officers. Bush dismissed as worthless this information from the Iraqi foreign minister, a member of Saddam’s inner circle, although it turned out to be accurate in every detail. Tenet never brought it up again.
Nor was the intelligence included in the National Intelligence Estimate of October 2002, which stated categorically that Iraq possessed WMD. No one in Congress was aware of the secret intelligence that Saddam had no WMD as the House of Representatives and the Senate voted, a week after the submission of the NIE, on the Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq. The information, moreover, was not circulated within the CIA among those agents involved in operations to prove whether Saddam had WMD.

Read the rest for details. These people are truly despicable.

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