Thursday, February 05, 2004

CIA chief defends prewar efforts

Gah. Just... gah.

Katherine Pfleger needs to go back through the White House website, read the 2003 State of The Union address, which said this:
Some have said we must not act until the threat is imminent. Since when have terrorists and tyrants announced their intentions, politely putting us on notice before they strike? If this threat is permitted to fully and suddenly emerge, all actions, all words, and all recriminations would come too late. Trusting in the sanity and restraint of Saddam Hussein is not a strategy, and it is not an option.

Here is her first paragraph, taking that quote out of context:
In his first public defense of prewar intelligence, CIA Director George Tenet said Thursday that U.S. analysts had never claimed Iraq was an imminent threat, the main argument used by President Bush for going to war.

Hello, Ms. Pfleger? READ THE DAMN SPEECH AGAIN. US analysts said that Iraq wasn't an imminent threat, and NEITHER DID THE PRESIDENT. President Bush called for the removal of Saddam Hussein BEFORE his regime became an imminent threat to American safety. Hussein already proved his willingness to cause Americans harm in the first Gulf War, allowed terrorists like Abu Nidal to live in his country when it was expedient, and allowed for groups like Ansar al-Islam and al-Qaeda to set up training bases in his country. Or did you forget about what was found at Salman Pak?

Dear readers, I say unto you: good grief. How long are we going to continue to let such slipshod journalists write for our papers?

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