Washington, D.C. - Almost a year after the start of Operation
Iraqi Freedom, the Bush administration faces growing skepticism over
its claim that Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programs posed a
gathering threat to the United States. The continued failure of Coalition
forces to locate a single biological, chemical or nuclear weapon has
called into question the original premise for the war.
Recent statements by former officials and newly available intelligence
analyses have heated up the controversy. In particular, testimony
by senior weapons inspector David Kay that "we were all wrong,
probably" has raised the stakes, contributing to President
Bush's reluctant agreement to name an outside review panel to look
at the pre-war intelligence process on Iraq's WMD program, and prompting
CIA Director George Tenet to launch a highly public defense of the
U.S. intelligence community.
The controversy makes it possible to catch an unusual glimpse inside
the intelligence process that underlay the administration's decision
to go to war in Iraq. What was the U.S. intelligence community's
assessment of Iraq's WMD program, and did it change over time? On
what basis did CIA and other analysts arrive at their conclusions?
How did the Bush administration make use of that intelligence? Was
there any abuse of the process? What went wrong and how can the
problems be fixed?
- The British House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee report
weighing the Blair administration's decision to go to war in Iraq
Most of these materials have been made public before, but as often
happens there is no guarantee they will not eventually be pulled
from government or other web sites. Furthermore, by compiling these
records in one location, the collection lets readers form a more
detailed picture of how the process worked -- or failed.
For those already familiar with our earlier postings
on Iraqi WMD, the newest additions are Document Numbers 4, 10 (a-d),
12, 15, and 32-43.
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