Looks like some intelligence and military professionals are scrambling to distance themselves from the Bush administration:
US reversal on Iran intel reflects breaking of the ranks: analysts
The US reversal on Iran's nuclear weapons program has exposed a breaking of ranks within a waning administration, with US intelligence and military professionals asserting themselves on issues of war and peace, analysts said.And of course, the monkey in the WH isn't going to like to think of himself as "irrelevant:"
Senior US intelligence officials said this week they were responding to new information, subjected to more rigorous analysis than in the past, in declaring with "high confidence" that Iran halted a covert nuclear weapons program in 2003.
But their willingness to set aside all previous assumptions flowed from a determination not to repeat the errors made in 2002, when bogus intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction set the United States on a course to war, they said.
"It's a fundamental reversal of civil-military relations, and intelligence and political relationships, that were obvious in 2002," said Ray Takeyh, an expert on the Middle East at the Council on Foreign Relations.
He said the new intelligence assessment was "part of a larger narrative, namely how the formal institutions of government are now determined to resist the White House, which wasn't the case in 2002."
"In many ways this narrative suggests the irrelevance of the Bush White House, the irrelevance of the president himself," he said.
EXCELLENT COMMENT AT THE LINK:
If a person accuses someone of a crime, knowing full well it's false accusation, the accuser has comitted the crime of slander, and if found out, faces jail time...
GWB and co have been found out. Where's the punishment for trying to start a war that would have killed thousands based on evidence that was known to be false (again)?