Former President, George W. Bush, ultimately blamed bad intelligence (from the CIA) for his botched decision to invade Iraq, because he was led to believe they had weapons of mass destruction. However, it is now known that Saddam Hussein, not only did not have such weapons, “there was no good intelligence establishing that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction.”, according to a recent article in Newsweek. Indeed, many people believe the article is correct. However, Jeb Bush, who is running for President constantly defends his brother, while Donald Trump says (as recently as the Saturday CBS Republican Debate), that George W. Bush knew there were no such weapons. The Newsweek article goes on to say
“Bush hawks knew there was no good intelligence establishing that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). And in what could easily be interpreted as near-treason, they never told the president about the weakness of the intelligence, several former high-ranking officials from the administration have told me. Plenty of the best-informed intelligence sources were certain the WMDs were a fantasy.”
Another major publication, Salon, reported that ranking CIA members, including “Tyler Drumheller, the former CIA chief of clandestine operations for Europe disclosed that “Saddam did not have WMD. ‘We continued to validate him the whole way through,’ said Drumheller. “The policy was set. The war in Iraq was coming, and they were looking for intelligence to fit into the policy, to justify the policy.”
In a subsequent article, Salon reported squarely that “Bush lied about Iraq.” Like most clandestine operations, and particularly the Bush administration, we will never know for sure whether the President lied to the people of the United States because one cannot be sure what he actually knew and didn’t know. Although, one would have to be out of the loop not to know it seems to us– either way, that makes GW look inept. We do know that the invasion of Iraq will go down in history as one of the greatest blunders of all time and that the flawed decision cost the country billions of dollars and the loss of precious lives. Trump has the better argument here it appears to us.