Who is accountable for lack of intelligence?

January 27, 2004

Dear Editor:

Slowly but surely, the evidence is starting to prove that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction, which the Bush administration had proclaimed.

This evidence is apparently starting to be realized by several of the top people in the current administration. Secretary of State Colin Powell now readily admits that "it is very possible that Iraq had no WMDs." David Kay, the top U.S. inspector in Iraq who resigned Friday says, "All evidence supports Iraq had no WMDs. They do not exist."

The topper out of all this is Vice President Dick Cheney who in March 2003 said, "We believe he (Saddam) has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons." Now Cheney says, "The jury is still out, but it doesn't look good." Cheney also stated recently that diplomacy should be exhausted at all costs before force in any conflict. Cheney should realize that this was not done prior to the invasion of Iraq.


Hans Blix, the chief U.N. weapons inspector stated Friday that he was not surprised by David Kay's comments. "The U.S. should have done more on the diplomatic front and let the inspections proceed. Nothing had been found but they were eager to pursue the course of war."

President Bush stated publicly that Iraq "had a massive stockpile of biological weapons that has never been accounted for and is capable of killing millions," and two days before the invasion of Iraq bush said U.S. troops would enter Iraq to "eliminate weapons of mass destruction."

The Bush administration wants to blame intelligence. They blamed intelligence for the tragedy of September 11 and now they blame intelligence for no WMDs being found in Iraq. The truth will always prevail.

Is this what we as American citizens need as leadership? Who is held accountable for the lack of intelligence? The White House for believing what they are told or the intelligence agencies for telling little lies?

The United States deserves better, and hopefully this November we will get better.

Ken Griffin


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