Friday, February 10, 2006

Bubble Boy Goes to War

Via the Washington Post, this Foreign Affairs article:

Intelligence, Policy,and the War in Iraq
By Paul R. Pillar

From Foreign Affairs, March/April 2006
Summary: During the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, writes the intelligence community's former senior analyst for the Middle East, the Bush administration disregarded the community's expertise, politicized the intelligence process, and selected unrepresentative raw intelligence to make its public case.

From the Post:

Pillar wrote that the first request he received from a Bush policymaker for an assessment of post-invasion Iraq was "not until a year into the war."


Pillar writes:

In the wake of the Iraq war, it has become clear that official intelligence analysis was not relied on in making even the most significant national security decisions, that intelligence was misused publicly to justify decisions already made, that damaging ill will developed between policymakers and intelligence officers, and that the intelligence community's own work was politicized.

Hmmm. Another career professional, criticizing Bubble Boy and cronies. But I know what's going on here. Pillar is Richard Clarke's lover. I think that says it all, don't you? No need to pay any more attention to this man or his fruity words.


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