WASHINGTON POST - The former CIA official who coordinated U.S. intelligence on the Middle East until last year has accused the Bush administration of "cherry-picking" intelligence on Iraq to justify a decision it had already reached to go to war, and of ignoring warnings that the country could easily fall into violence and chaos after an invasion to overthrow Saddam Hussein.
Paul R. Pillar, who was the national intelligence officer for the Near East and South Asia from 2000 to 2005, acknowledges the U.S. intelligence agencies' mistakes in concluding that Hussein's government possessed weapons of mass destruction. But he said those misjudgments did not drive the administration's decision to invade.
And yet, despite the fact that the evidence is OVERWHELMING that the war in Iraq was a pre-determined action by the Bush Administration, his minions remain in denial.
They will now begin to smear Paul Pillar, as they smeared Richard Clarke, Paul O'neill, Joe Wilson and everybody else who has the stones to tell the truth.