They did go along with it. A couple dozen intelligence officials spoke out anonymously pre-war (as reported by Reuters, Knight Ridder and I think AP in print articles) that the intelligence was highly manipulated, even "bullshit."DCB wrote:kurt_w wrote:Poor George Bush. Mean ol' Bill Clinton and Madeline Albright and John Kerry made him invade Iraq. It wasn't his fault!
Obviously Bush and his Merry Band of War Profiteers are the ones who should take full responsibility for their actions. They're the ones who manipulated CIA intelligence, they're the ones who sent Powell to that ridiculous UN meeting. The commander in chief pushed for a war based on bullshit. They should be on trial for war crimes instead of hanging out at think tanks or painting puppies.
But plenty of Democrats went along with it. They made the same stupid statements about fears about WMDs, when they knew full well they should have trusted the actual weapons inspectors. Not the scumbags leftover from the Nixon administration.
However, George Tenet also admitted during the congressional investigation in September 2006 that he "modified" his position at the request of White House policy makers: He stated pre-war that the BU$H info was correct, and then admitted during the inquiry that it was inconsistent with what he knew.
Likewise, Powell was given the same bogus "vetted by the CIA" treatment for the material in the UN speech.