So when are they going to be impeached?
Democrats and Republicans agree that analysts and politicians of all political stripes were wrong about the prewar assessments of Hussein's weapons of mass destruction. But the committee report indicates that intelligence analysts were substantially right about Hussein's lack of operational links to al-Qaeda. And Democrats compared the administration's public statements with newly declassified intelligence assessments to build their case that efforts to link Iraq to al-Qaeda were willfully misleading.emphasis added
In a classified January 2003 report, for instance, the CIA concluded that Hussein "viewed Islamic extremists operating inside Iraq as a threat." But one day after that conclusion was published, Levin noted, Vice President Cheney said the Iraqi government "aids and protects terrorists, including members of al-Qaeda."
Intelligence reports in June, July and September 2002 all cast doubts on a reported meeting in Prague between Iraqi intelligence agents and Sept. 11 hijacker Mohamed Atta. Yet, in a Sept. 8, 2002, appearance on NBC's "Meet The Press," Cheney said the CIA considered the reports on the meeting credible, Levin said.
In February 2002, the Defense Intelligence Agency concluded that "Iraq is unlikely to have provided bin Laden any useful [chemical and biological weapons] knowledge or assistance." A year later, Bush said: "Iraq has also provided al-Qaeda with chemical and biological weapons training."
Plenty of reasons for impeachment one would think. The deliberate falsification of their information, their use of the military for their own gains (which ought to be tackled next by the media) and the numerous deaths of US soldiers AND many Iraqi civilians combined with the unstable situation it has wrought, PLUS the increase of actual terrorism and their recruits, it would have brought any government down anywhere else in this world..but here:
Sen. Christopher S. Bond (R-Mo.), an intelligence committee member, said it was unfair for Democrats to compare the intelligence assessments in the report with the administration's statements. He said such comparisons go beyond the scope of the chapters released.
But Democrats were unequivocal in asserting that the chapters chronicle an indisputable pattern of deception.
It is such a blatant misleading of the United States, its people, to prepare them, to position them, to, in fact, make them enthusiastic or feel that it's justified to go to war with Iraq," said Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), the committee's vice chairman. "That kind of public manipulation I don't know has any precedent in American history."
Boys and Girls Democrats/Independents/Other in elections around the country, this is your time to go in for the kill. The Republican party moderates and those who consider themselves true conservatives (fiscally etc) can use this opportunity to rid themselves from the 'crazies' as Ray McGovern called them. The Neoconservative agenda does not serve any intelligent and sane soul, and least of all, the world as a whole. We are more in danger of traveling anywhere in the world. 'We', being any Westerner really. The world has been set up in terms of us vs them and the increase of hatred cannot be dismissed for a lot of the times as something irrational, but sadly as understandable. We need to restore a true and respectful world order. One of peaceful relations amongst those who ought to know better. Everything else will fall into place.