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War intelligence likely manipulated

While it is clear that before the Iraq war much of the intelligence suggested the possible existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the quality and definitiveness of that intelligence has likely always been questionable to those (other than top Bush administration officials) privy to the most comprehensive view. Apparently, in this country, other than within our intelligence community, that comprehensive view was not available outside top levels of the administration. The white paper on Iraq prepared well beforehand by the think tank Project for the New American Century, Bob Woodward’s account in Plan of Attack, and works like Imperial Hubris by then Anonymous (CIA analyst, Michael Scheuer) all suggest that the intelligence was likely manipulated to justify war. At the very least, these works seem to indicate a case of wholly unimpaired group think.Recent characterizations of the Bush administration by Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson only appear to bolster the plausibility of such conclusions. Colonel Wilkerson, former chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, was the top aid to Powell in preparing the former secretary’s presentation of the intelligence at the U.N.

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