Wednesday | July 16, 2003
One day, the CIA became one of the 'good guys'
Given, the story is based entirely on anonymous sources, but if true, the revelations are amazing:
In a new dispute over interpreting intelligence data, the CIA and other agencies objected vigorously to a Bush administration assessment of the threat of Syria's weapons of mass destruction that was to be presented Tuesday on Capitol Hill.Funny, the administration has tried to pin the blame for Yellowcake on the CIA, claiming it did not oppose the use of dirty intelligence strongly enough. So it's perfectly believable that
And what could the US do? Its troops are tied up by guerillas in the desert, unable to mount a subsequent major military adventure. And if Iraq taught any lessons, it is that unilateral disarmament in the face of an aggressive, militaristic U.S. is suicide. Better to build the bombs and wield a real deterrent.
So not only has the war in Iraq cost us untold billions, hundreds of lives, and over a thousand wounded, but it has also left us unprepared to deal with a real crisis -- the emergence of a nuclear North Korea with ballistic missiles capable of reaching Alaska, Hawaii, and the continental U.S.
This administration's incompetence truly knows no bounds.Posted July 16, 2003 12:45 AM