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June 05, 2010

Did Obama's New Intel Chief Drink the WMD Koolaid?

It appears he did!

On Iraq, Gen. Clapper said in an interview with The Washington Times in 2004 that "I think probably in the few months running up prior to the onset of combat that ... there was probably an intensive effort to disperse into private homes, move documentation and materials out of the country. I think there are any number of things that they would have done."

The comments came amid the debate over Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction programs, which some U.S. officials had said were moved out of Iraq prior to the invasion of Iraq with the assistance of Russian military intelligence forces.

The Iraq Survey Group, the U.S. panel formed to find the weapons of mass destruction President George W. Bush had said Saddam Hussein was concealing, turned up no stockpiles of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons.

Whether or not Iraq moved some elements of its weapons programs to Syria before the war remains a matter of dispute.

Theodre Kattouf, the U.S. ambassador in Damascus in 2002 and 2003, said in 2006 that he did not believe Iraq sent material to Syria in the run up to the war.

John A. Shaw, a senior Pentagon technology security official during the Bush administration, however, said he believed that some Iraqi weapons and materials were covertly shipped out of Iraqi factories with the help of the Russians. Satellite images released in 2004 by the Pentagon also showed Russian vehicles loading goods at Iraqi factories, but the nature of their cargo has not been determined.

Posted by Cassandra at June 5, 2010 07:49 AM

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"a rebuke to senior members of the congressional oversight committees who had said they hoped Mr. Obama would nominate a civilian as his top intelligence adviser and someone with whom the president shares a personal relationship."
Hmmmm...

On the one hand you have a person who is a retired Air Force Lt. General, a former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and a current undersecretary of defense for intelligence.

Or you can have another one of Obama's friends appointed. One whose notion of defense intel begins and ends with gathering information in order to discredit a political opponent by making the real or contrived information public or by threatening the political opponent with the publication of said info as a means to assert control. Yes indeed, an appointment who might have worn a uniform once, but only long enough to get close enough to an official building in order to plant a bomb.

Yup, someone with those qualifications would surely enhance the effort to contain and/or kill the human caused disaster we face.

Gee that is a tough choice.

149 days and a wake up until V-day, phase 1.

Posted by: bthun at June 5, 2010 10:15 AM

It wasn't the Russkies. It was wookies. They were looking for some weapons.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at June 5, 2010 10:34 AM

Obama's appointments, and the resulting policy, work when he selects from the pool of people with proven, relevant experience and capability. His friends aren't aren't in that pool.

Posted by: valerie at June 6, 2010 12:10 PM

"It wasn't the Russkies. It was wookies. They were looking for some weapons.

Posted by Ymarsakar at June 5, 2010 10:34 AM"

We have no use for Iraqi WMD's.

Besides, your US troops took care of the most dangerous Iraqi WMD, Saddam.

By your leave, and before I return to the front, I need to swing by Kashyyyk, for the sake of a little wookie.

Oh clean it up! I'm going to see Chewy Jr.

Posted by: Chewbacca at June 6, 2010 01:01 PM

Wookies wanted something to get intel from captives before they torn off their arms and beat them to death with em. Saddam found a way to get hanged and not give anything up, so furry fighters are suspicious that he had a secret cache of Imperial anti-interrogation protocols.

Posted by: Ymarsakar at June 6, 2010 11:14 PM

Satellite images released in 2004 by the Pentagon also showed Russian vehicles loading goods at Iraqi factories, but the nature of their cargo has not been determined.

The "Russian" vehicles were Russian-made, but Iraqi-owned. Additional satellite imagery showed those same vehicles convoying north into Syria the night before we rolled across the border -- at least two declassified photos went around the OCONUS dot-mil net before Someone Wearing Stars decided they shouldn't have been declassified.

Posted by: BillT at June 9, 2010 10:31 AM

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