TV News LIES

Thursday, Sep 19th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News War What Donald Rumsfeld Knew We Didn’t Know About Iraq

What Donald Rumsfeld Knew We Didn’t Know About Iraq

E-mail Print PDF

RumsfeldOn September 9, 2002, as the George W. Bush administration was launching its campaign to invade Iraq, a classified report landed on the desk of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It came from Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and it carried an ominous note.

“Please take a look at this material as to what we don’t know about WMD,” Rumsfeld wrote to Air Force General Richard Myers. “It is big.”

The report was an inventory of what U.S. intelligence knew—or more importantly didn’t know—about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Its assessment was blunt: “We’ve struggled to estimate the unknowns. ... We range from 0% to about 75% knowledge on various aspects of their program.”

Myers already knew about the report. The Joint Staff’s director for intelligence had prepared it, but Rumsfeld’s urgent tone said a great deal about how seriously the head of the Defense Department viewed the report’s potential to undermine the Bush administration’s case for war. But he never shared the eight-page report with key members of the administration such as then-Secretary of State Colin Powell or top officials at the CIA, according to multiple sources at the State Department, White House and CIA who agreed to speak on condition of anonymity.

Instead, the report disappeared, and with it a potentially powerful counter-narrative to the administration’s argument that Saddam Hussein’s nuclear, chemical and biological weapons posed a grave threat to the U.S. and its allies, which was beginning to gain traction in major news outlets, led by the New York Times.

More...

 


Most Recent Related Stories...


US service member among dead in Taliban suicide attack in Kabul

US serviceman killed in Kabul attack A Taliban suicide car bombing in Kabul has killed a US service member, a Romanian soldier...

Trump Joint Chiefs pick: Early Afghanistan withdrawal would be 'strategic mistake'

Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley President Trump’s pick to be the top uniformed U.S. military official on Thursday said that pulling troops...

U.S. says two troops killed in combat in Afghanistan

2 US troops killed in AfghanistanTwo U.S. service members have been killed in combat in Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday. The NATO Resolute...

D-Day: 17 stunning photos from 1944 show how hard the Normandy invasion really was

D-Day:Photos from Normandy On June 6, 1944, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in Nazi-occupied France during World...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!