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November 22, 2005

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he's pathological. he looks america in the eye and says, "the sky is green. to question me is reprehensible revisionism."

he's the most up-is-down bald-faced liar of them all.

You made the assertion that "However, most intelligence experts within the US government disagreed" about the intelligence leading to the current Iraq intervention without referencing the source. Would you please disclose the source of this information.

Additionally would you please disclose whether or not the sources that you did disclose are peer-reviewed. Otherwise I would have to believe that the content you provided is merely a regurgitation of a political perspective that you happen to prescribe to without basis to a real analysis of the this situation.

What I am trying to ask you---- is this fact or just your opinion? I am not disclosing whether or not I am conservative, liberal,or even the "third way", I just want to keep this discusion real- that is true...


Sincerely,

Hank

Hank - All these claims are fully documented in our book. Hope you'll pick it up.

Hank, I believe that the National Intelligence Estimate that was compiled before the runup to the war documented the WMD and terrorist connection issue pretty well. Sadly, the President didn't even request it himself, and it was compiled only after the Senate requested it.

Hank, furthermore, most of the assertions on the part of the administration are themselves without any substance or material backup. Mostly, they relied on allegations and insinuations that played on post-9/11 fears and implausible worst-case scenarios.

"In the four years since the inspectors left, intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including al Qaeda members. It is clear, however, that if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons."
- Sen. Hillary Clinton (D, NY), Oct 10, 2002

"Iraqi's a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face."
- Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998

"He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983."
- Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

"Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process."
- Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998

"Hussein has ... chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies."
- Madeline Albright, Clinton's Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999

There're lots more quotes like that where those came from. The truth is that EVERYONE, including the Brits, French, & Germans, including EVEN SOME (MOST?) OF SADDAM'S OWN GENERALS, thought he had substantial WMD capability.

In fact, though we found some WMDs, we didn't find nearly as many as we expected. To this day, we don't know where the rest went. (Syria?) That represents a major intelligence failure, but it does NOT represent dishonesty by President Bush or VP Cheney.

We DO know that Libya's nuclear weapon's program is now in crates in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, because of our invasion of Iraq. That, even by itself, would certainly be worth the sacrifices that our soldiers have made.

-Dave Burton
dave at burtonsys dot com but please no spam

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