Saturday, February 10, 2007

Reading Between The Lies Pt. II

We went to war on faulty evidence. Bush bought into and the Democrats [whether they admit it or not] also bought into it. However the Holy Grail for the liberals is if they can prove the Bush administration knew the intelligence was wrong while they were selling it to the public. So far all those roads have met with dead ends. That was until yesterday when the Washington Post ran a story about the Pentagon office of former undersecretary of defense Douglas J. Feith's assessment and reports that the pre-war intelligence was flawed.

Pretty damning evidence huh?

There was unfortunately one teensy, wheensy little problem with the whole article and sources it was based on...instead of the being Feith's office's assessment of the intelligence it was anti-war Democrat Sen. Carl Levin's assessment and quotes.

Correction to This Article
A Feb. 9 front-page article about the Pentagon inspector general's report regarding the office of former undersecretary of defense Douglas J. Feith incorrectly attributed quotations to that report. References to Feith's office producing "reporting of dubious quality or reliability" and that the office "was predisposed to finding a significant relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda" were from a report issued by Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) in Oct. 2004. Similarly, the quotes stating that Feith's office drew on "both reliable and unreliable reporting" to produce a link between al-Qaeda and Iraq "that was much stronger than that assessed by the IC [Intelligence Community] and more in accord with the policy views of senior officials in the Administration" were also from Levin's report. The article also stated that the intelligence provided by Feith's office supported the political views of senior administration officials, a conclusion that the inspector general's report did not draw.The two reports employ similar language to characterize the activities of Feith's office: Levin's report refers to an "alternative intelligence assessment process" developed in that office, while the inspector general's report states that the office "developed, produced, and then disseminated alternative intelligence assessments on the Iraq and al Qaida relationship, which included some conclusions that were inconsistent with the consensus of the Intelligence Community, to senior decision-makers." The inspector general's report further states that Feith's briefing to the White House in 2002 "undercuts the Intelligence Community" and "did draw conclusions that were not fully supported by the available intelligence."

You know what this means Jaques? All the fake, satire posts we have done over the last four months are now legitimate news articles now.

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