Tenet admits to ‘efforts’ by the Bush Administration to fake Iraq evidence

by twit

So there’s a book out that claims that somebody in the Bush Administration faked a letter to show a link between Iraq and al-Qaida. In the mad scramble of denials that have followed, former CIA Director George Tenet makes an interesting dodge:

Tenet, in a statement distributed by the White House, also issued a denial about the supposedly fake letter. “There was no such order from the White House to me nor, to the best of my knowledge, was anyone from CIA ever involved in any such effort,” he said.

“It is well established that, at my direction, CIA resisted efforts on the part of some in the administration to paint a picture of Iraqi-al-Qaida connections that went beyond the evidence,” Tenet said. “The notion that I would suddenly reverse our stance and have created and planted false evidence that was contrary to our own beliefs is ridiculous.”

The White House is distributing a denial that says it is “well established” that ‘some people in the Bush Administration made efforts to pressure the CIA to distort the evidence.’

Wait, what? People in the Bush Administration were leading efforts to get the CIA to create and plant false evidence?

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Going to war with Burma

by twit

https://i2.wp.com/newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/44631000/jpg/_44631625_un_cyclone22670.jpgIt is a heady consequence of the Bush doctrine of preemptive warfare that it even feels tangible to think about invading a country like Burma, so I proceed with caution here. Ultimately, my point is similar to what lestro said, after finding the satellite images of the original coastline and the new shape of the country:

Why can’t we use the military to deliver aid the same way we do death?

Why is it we only need to be allowed in to help but it’s ok to just go in when we want to destroy something?

Click on the picture to toggle between the two images, via the Washington Post:

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How to go to war with Iran

by twit

this all sounds so damn familiar…

a proxy war

http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:4N006xUXdTu1GM:http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/images/country/viet-flag.jpgFrom the Associated Press on April 10, 2008:

The top U.S. commander has shifted the focus from al-Qaida to Iranian-backed “special groups” as the main threat to a democratic Iraq – a significant change that reflects both the complexity of the war and its changing nature.

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