Moral Contradictions

Friday, July 21, 2006

That durn liberal media

Scratch that - the subject line should read that durn liberal CIA.

Seems like all the bad news from Iraq isn't coming just from the media, but the CIA. Apparently if you ignore a situation, or try to distract and prevent others from analyzing it, then maybe it'll just magically disappear.

Not so, in my experience. Although President Bush seems to believe that you don't look at the facts, they really aren't facts.

Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte is preventing a thorough examination by intelligence analysts of the civil war in Iraq, RAW STORY has learned.

A report at Washington Babylon, the blog of Harper's Magazine's Washington Editor Ken Silverstein, indicates that Iraq analysts at the CIA have been pushing to complete a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on the political situation in the country. NIE's are the most authoritative intelligence documents produced by the CIA, and the last NIE on Iraq was rejected by the Bush administration for being too negative.

But since the calls to analyze the Iraq conflict have emerged, Silverstein reports, Negroponte has tamped them down. One of Silverstein's sources explained that Negroponte didn't want President George W. Bush to be confronted with a pessimistic assessment of the war in Iraq.

So - the intelligence Mr. Bush used to send us to war has since proved faulty, at best; he smeared Joseph Wilson for not coming back with the "correct" intelligence, and now he refuses yet again to respond to intelligence.

I'm all for positive thinking - yes I know you cannot get bogged down in the day to day grind as you quickly lose sight of your goal. However - something that was supposed to "liberate" the Iraqis has killed over 50,000 of them. Even the casual observer can look at the newspaper over the course of the last six months and read about the daily bombings there.

President Bush, please, at the very least, acknowledge that things aren't going that well. please listen to what your CIA is saying, as opposed to what you want them to say.

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