Mortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 4145 posts, RR: 1 Posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2399 times:
White House 'buried British intelligence on Iraq WMDs' and forged letter
" MI6 told Tony Blair before the invasion of Iraq that a high-placed Iraqi source said that Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction. The intelligence was passed to the US but was buried by the White House, according to a new book.
The book claimed that the former Prime Minister sent a top British spy to the Middle East in 2003 — three months before the invasion — to dig up enough intelligence to avoid war but that President Bush and Dick Cheney, the Vice-President, dismissed any claims or possible evidence that would stop military action.
Flighty From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 8860 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2285 times:
I completely believe that the above story may be true (or a variation on it).
However, I have met Suskind and I don't consider him to be a reliable man. In fact he said the main goal of his journalism was to promote "social justice." He really said that. Here, I would have thought "truth" was good enough. In a sense, Suskind did not even claim to be a journalist, but rather, simply an agent of change.
That said, of course the White House was intentionally burying the facts of intelligence, as the WH has done on many topics -- climate change, national finance, and so forth. The WH's central hubris was that Presidential power is strong enough to override any fact. Power first, facts second.
StasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3289 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2221 times:
The new book "The Way of the World" by Pulitzer Prize winning author Ron Suskind has several high level Bush administration goons on the record (in fact, recorded on audio tape) stating that George Tenet (the former Director of the CIA) was told to bury pertinent information and forge other information regarding WMDs by Bush, Rice, and Cheney. Here's a link to Suskind's lengthy interview on MSNBC.