Thursday, April 13, 2006

"Trailer" trash 
My take on the whole WMD trailer flap:

The report that the WMD trailers were almost certainly not actually intended for WMD production was not actually transmitted to Washington - to the bowels of the Pentagon, actually, until two days before the President made his "we found the weapons of mass destruction" statement. Meanwhile, the CIA and DIA (remember, DIA = Pentagon) had just the day before published their finding that the trailers probably were WMD facilities.

In order to argue that the President deliberately decieved the public with that statement, you have to simultaneously hold the view that

a.) A bureaucratic report on a technical detail takes just two days to move from Iraq to the Pentagon to the Deputy Undersecretary to the Undersecretary to the Secretary to the White House staffer to the Chief of Staff to the President.

That's about six separate bureaucratic steps in the stovepipe. It is not going to happen.

b.) You would also have to argue that the President would be prudent to dismiss the joint findings, published just one day prior, of the CIA and the Defense Intelligence Agency.


Splash, out


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