Remember all the “evidence” we had about why we needed to go to war with Iraq? Remember the threat of WMD’s? We HAD to take them out right?Â Well, turns out only six senators and a few House members are logged as ever reading the report that provided the so-call “intelligence” that indicated Iraq had WMD’s. Turns out in order to read the report members of Congress had to go to a secure location on Capitol Hill. I suppose the threat of war wasn’t enough to get them off their asses to go read the evidence before pulling the trigger. Most claimed they were briefed on the report and/or read the executive summary.John McLaughlin, then deputy director of the CIA said the intelligence report did contain passages that raised questions about the weapons conclusions. He also said that if the Senate and House members had read the entire report “they would walk away thinking the intelligence community generally thinks he has weapons of mass destruction, but there are quite a bit of differences.” He also said dissenting views by the State Department, Department of Energy and the Air Force made up about 10 to 12 pages of the report — but critics say those dissents were not highlighted.
So what we have is a report with the general “ya we think he’s got’em”, with a sprinkling of “hey we’re not so sure about that” by other agencies. What’s mind boggling is that our elected officials decided to just go on the word of the Executive and not READ the report themselves before deciding to give the authority to declare war on another nation.