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Tuesday, June 10, 2003

The "Exaggerated" Threat From Saddam's WMDs

Was there an intelligence failure on Iraq and the WMDs? Here is an interesting letter to the editors of the NY Times:

...While it now seems likely that the Bush administration manipulated intelligence reports about Iraqi weapons, there is another possibility that is even more ominous: that the intelligence itself was grossly inaccurate.

Despite the resources lavished upon them, American intelligence services have an impressive history of extreme error. In recent years, they failed to detect the 9/11 plot, were caught by surprise when India detonated nuclear warheads, and hyped the threat from the Soviet Union right up to its collapse.

In the current world political climate, the United States cannot afford any more dramatic failures of insight and prediction.

While intelligence-gathering is as much art as science, we have proved deficient in both domains.

Wilton, Conn., June 7, 2003

Was Rumsfeld just thinking, "Better safe than sorry"?

UPDATE: No, this is not really responsive to Emma of the Evolving Slug Lines, but I am working on it. Still.

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