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Democratic Senators Knew the Iraq War was Built on Lies but kept silent

Original post made by The Cohen brother, Old Palo Alto, on May 2, 2007

On April 28, 2007 Sen. Dick Durbin attempted to cleanse the blood off his senate suit by admitting that as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee he had been told the opposite of what Bush was telling the Congress and the American people. But, Durbin remained silent. And, as Robert Lewis Stevenson wrote "The cruelest lies are often told in silence."

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Posted by Draw the Line
a resident of Stanford
on May 3, 2007 at 7:28 am

The dirty little secret is that they had the same intelligence info Bush did. Which was the best compilation of guesses and predictions that our intelligence communities could do. Which, nobody likes to remember, had the same conclusions as Germany, Russia, Australia and England. Shhhh...don't tell anyone.

But, you know, all those countries lied, even the ones that didn't want to upset their financial flow by overturning Saddam. ( Russia and France took turns being the top 2 exporters to Saddam). Everybody lied. It isn't possible that the 6 months of warning allowed a little dictator with no power to move anything into Syria or Iran, or bury it. The lesson I took away was..next time, no warning. It was like telling the drug dealer that "we are coming, we are coming, we are coming" for weeks, and by the time we get there the house is clean and all the drugs and equipment look gone.

Oh, and don't tell anyone about the traces of mustard gas in the river, from chem weapons being dumped, the rockets with sarin in them accidentally found buried, the centrifuges with one purpose found buried in yards, the 500 tons of enriched uranium found ( only one purpose for that, especially in a country with no nuclear energy!!)..no, we need to keep that a secret too. The facts might confuse people into thinking that the intelligence WASN'T cooked from all these countries..

Shhhh, don't tell anyone.


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Posted by sarlat
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 3, 2007 at 9:04 am

The case for war(WMD) was largely based on "information" from a source called "curveball". By then, German military intelligence has warned the CIA that Curveball was a fabricator. Cheney,along with Scooter Libby, according to the CIA chief intelligence operations in Europe, has intimidated the agency's analysts and Tenet himself not to bring up that fact, but still, the senators already knew at the time that the case for war was largely fabricated, yet they didn't dare come out with it to the public.


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Posted by Shlomo
a resident of Stanford
on May 3, 2007 at 11:59 am


The CIA, NSA, and DIA all report to the President, which means the ONLY intelligence information that Congress ever sees has been filtered, cherry-picked, concocted, cooked-up, and sexed-up by the Executive Branch.


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Posted by Jeff Derman
a resident of Portola Valley
on May 3, 2007 at 12:48 pm

As a matter of fact, the members of the senate intelligence committee had already known when presented with it that the "intelligence" was fabricated and doctored. Enough members of the intelligence community were telling them privately that this was a hoax. The problem was one of courage. The administration and the mainstream media were pushing very agressively for an invasion, the opposition to an invasion was immediately labled as anti-American and even treasonou and they were afraid to go against the grain during that orgy of militaristic chauvinism.


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Posted by Shlomo
a resident of Stanford
on May 4, 2007 at 9:27 am

Jeff,

Rather than just pinning the blame on cowardly Congressional representatives, let's take action against the entire anti-Muslim criminal network that has corrupted our most important institutions, including gov't, media, judiciary, universities, etc.

Because this anti-Muslim criminal network controls our institutions, they are free to use our military as their own personal attack dogs, they are free to butcher millions of innocent Muslims, they are free to destroy our good standing with allies, they are free to run up record-setting deficits, and they are free to shred our Constitution.

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Posted by Palo Alto mother
a resident of Duveneck School
on May 5, 2007 at 3:00 am


I certainly am not a genius. Still, based on the information I had, the same information available at the time to all who cared to pay attention (reading the press, the Internet, watching TV reports, including European television news and press, watching the debate at the UN and listening to all the speakers), based on the information I had, I was convinced back then that the WMD story did not have a leg to stand on and that the Democrats had to know it and were being cowards going along with Bush's plans.

Very simpy I will not vote for ANY presidential candidate of any party who voted to give Bush the power to wage this terrible, unjustified, mistaken war, or anyone who approved of it back then. Please do the same thing.


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Posted by Draw the Line
a resident of Stanford
on May 5, 2007 at 7:56 am

Oh yes, the lay people know much more just from watching the news than the lawmakers do from their reports. Those 600 or so Congressmen and Senate were all duped, but we, from just watching news, especially news from countries with a lot of financial investment in Saddam, were not fooled for a moment.


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Posted by Shlomo
a resident of Stanford
on May 5, 2007 at 10:08 am


Furthermore, we can trust our lawmakers are not bought-and-paid-for patsies of an international Anti-Muslim crime network, and there's no War on Muslims, right?


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Posted by sarlat
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 5, 2007 at 12:23 pm

Actually, any thinking person pretty much knew that the WMD story had been hyped-up, grossly exaggeretad, distorted and probably fabricated. Everybody with a brain knew that the Bush crowd, driven by the neocons fantasy was bent on invading Iraq even before they took office in 2001. The Democrats who voted for it gave this criminal act a legitimacy and they did it in order not to be called traitors, wimps and soft by the Republicans. They voted for this criminal war out of selfish political considerations, knowing very well that many people would die as a consequence. No well intentioned thinking person believed that Iraq posed any real threat to the only super power. No Democrat who voted for the invasion deserves to be supported in the Democratic primaries.


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Posted by Jeff Derman
a resident of Portola Valley
on May 5, 2007 at 5:13 pm

The most important opinion is that of the American public. George W. Bush now has the worst approval rating of an American president in a generation, and he seems to be dragging every ’08 Republican presidential candidate down with him. The 2 main reasons for the dismal that the people polled cite, and this is across the board:1.Bush deceived the country into war. 2. the way the occupation has been mismanaged. The very pliable American public is aleady made up its mind that the nation was deceived into a criminal war and the very intelligent Democratic senators had known perectly back in 2000 that they were voting for a con-job, yet they didn't have the courage to vote NO because they feared Carl Rove would label them as traitors.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on May 6, 2007 at 4:41 am

All intelligence is cherrypicked. Imagine the consequences if the reports had been ignore the way the reports from Arizona flight schools were ignored. The term Anti-Muslim has been bruited about here. If the actions of the Islamic terrorists are inherent in Islam, then I suppose I can be called anti Muslim. I believe, however, the greater slur on the Muslim religion is the refusal to rebuke those who clothe their terror in the cloak of Islam.
Christianity stripped the KKK of the shield of the cross they tried to hide behind.


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Posted by Draw the Line
a resident of Stanford
on May 6, 2007 at 7:24 am

Wow, Jeff. You can read the minds of the people giving their low ratings of Bush? Did it ever occur to you that a lot of us don't approve because he has drifted too far left, and WON'T STAND UP AND TELL THE TRUTH OVER AND OVER AND OVER TO FIGHT THE REPETITIVE LIES OF THE LEFT??


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