Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Surprise!!! (not really)

The lauded second half of the Roberts Senate Report.

2003 Intel: Iraq War Will Aid Qaeda, Iran
Senate Report Finds U.S. Intelligence Agencies Warned White House In Early 2003 Of Iraq War Consequences

(AP) U.S. intelligence agencies warned senior members of the Bush administration in early 2003 that invading Iraq could create instability that would give Iran and al Qaeda new opportunities to expand their influence, according to an upcoming Senate report.


For instance, he discusses a paper prepared for a Camp David meeting with the president in September 2002 entitled, “The Perfect Storm: The Negative Consequences for Invading Iraq.” Tenet called the paper a list of “worst-case scenarios,” which included anarchy and territorial breakup of Iraq and a surge of global terrorism against U.S. interests, fueled by deepening Islamic antipathy toward the United States.

He also notes that, in an early 2003 intelligence paper, analysts warned that “a post-Saddam authority would face a deeply divided society with a significant chance that domestic groups would engage in violent conflict with each other, unless an occupying force prevented them from doing so.”


Since 2003, the Senate committee — led by Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and now Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va. — has been trudging through its investigation of what went wrong, frequently slowed by politics.

No, not a surprise at all.


At 11:48 PM, Blogger Paddy said...

Outrage fatigue.

At 8:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good post, thank you for reminding us of the second half of the Robert's report. I had forgotten about it, and with Democratic control of Congress we shouldn't have forgotten about it.

Regarding the "perfect storm", it seems a "nice" offset to be used whenever we hear Bush claim once again how he hit the trifecta....

It should also be brought up, especially the prediction of increased terrorism, when conservatives like Dale Franks (as can be seen here at Oliver Willis' site: want to know why people can advocate withdrawal from Iraq.

(Not to be a spelling Nazi, but since you misspelled it twice.... suRprise.)

At 9:26 AM, Blogger Paddy said...

Thank Jerry, I get a little punchy late at nite. It's a bitch getting old.

At 10:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a bitch getting old.

Tell me about it.



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