Despite the propaganda and more tangible signs of incipient war in Iraq, my former intelligence analyst colleagues and I – with considerable professional experience watching other countries prepare for aggression against others – were finding it difficult to believe that the United States of America would be doing precisely that. Still harder was it to digest the notion that Washington would do so, absent credible evidence of any immediate threat and would “fix” intelligence to “justify” it. But that, sadly, is what happened.
ROBERT STEELE: This is a long and important review of who, precisely, is indictable for betraying the public trust in the illegal war on Iraq based on 925 now-documented lies. I knew Tenet and Powell had gone along with the lies — and that Scowcroft and Kissinger had to their great credit tried to stop the war. I had forgotten Tony Zinni was in a position to stop the war and this is worth noting because the worst mistake our military leaders make is that of confusing loyalty with integrity. We swear an Oath to defend and support the Constitution against all enemies domestic and foreign, and as it is now clear, Dick Cheney was the enemy, not Saadam Hussein. All of our checks and balances failed. Many of them are failing now. Ray’s piece needs to be read in relation to Syria, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan.