More Blame for the Intelligence Agencies

From Holden:

Don’t get me wrong, I agree that U.S. intelligence on Iraq’s mythical WMDs was horrendous. The CIA under George Tenet was particularly at fault in its asesment of Hussein’s capabilities.

But who was it that George Bush rewarded with a Presidential Medal of Freedom in December of last year? Why, none other than George Tenet.

It looks like the final report of the presidential commission studying American intelligence failures regarding Iraq’s WMDs will follow the path blazed by the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Iraq Survey Group under David Kay and Charles Duelfer and heap blame on our intelligence agencies.

There was one hopeful passage in the New York Times’ coverage of the report.

The report particularly ridicules the conclusion that Mr. Hussein’s fleet of “unmanned aerial vehicles,” which had very limited flying range, posed a major threat. All of those assertions were repeated by Mr. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and other senior officials in the prelude to the war. To this day, Mr. Cheney has never backed away from his claim, repeated last year, that the “mobile laboratories” were probably part of a secret biological weapons program, and his office has repeatedly declined to respond to inquiries about whether the evidence has changed his view.

Any report that does not examine the statements of George Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, and Paul Wolfowitz (conveniently collected for us by Rep. Henry Waxman here) is not worth the paper on which it is printed.