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 Post subject: Who Needs Good Intel When You’ve Got Magic 8-Ball?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2007 3:12 am 
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Andy Borowitz: Who Needs Good Intel When You’ve Got Magic 8-Ball?

Satire by Andy Borowitz

Much of the prewar intelligence that led to President George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003 came from the popular fortune-telling toy known as the Magic 8-Ball, according to documents released today.

As Congress debates the war in Iraq, scrutinizing the prewar roles of such former administration figures as Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and his deputy, Paul Wolfowitz, the news that a small plastic ball shaped the decision to go to war came as nothing less than a bombshell.

But transcripts obtained under the Freedom of Information Act showing conversations among Messrs. Bush, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz and the Magic 8-Ball make it clear that the ball had the deciding vote when it came to the administration’s prewar planning.

At one point in the transcript, Mr. Bush asks the Magic 8-Ball flat out, “Does Saddam Hussein have weapons of mass destruction?”

The ball responded equivocally—“Reply hazy, try again”—prompting the president to repeat his question.


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