11/20/2005

AS SENATE PUSHES, BUSH SCRAMBLES FOR EXCUSES - Yahoo! News

WASHINGTON -- Just so the history books get it straight, this week it is abundantly clear that the president and the Congress are approaching the
Iraq war from different perspectives.
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It's an important point, because the administration, rather than coming up with a workable strategy for ending the war, is trying to rewrite history before it's even written.

The president's posturing this week, as the dreary machinery of war ground on, was still about the original, obviously flawed intelligence that sent us to war over weapons of mass destruction. He does not deny their surprising absence; now his point is that everyone believed the same thing (a little like a teenager in trouble trying to convince his mother that, after all, everybody's doing it).

But the logic has always been faulty. Just before Christmas 2002, I was talking with former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski. A scrupulous scholar, Brzezinski told me, "I've been in on every one of those
Pentagon briefings on those weapons -- and I just don't see that they're there."

Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, and his inspectors also argued cogently that they had the Iraqi weapons question under control. And of course, the now famous Ambassador Joe Wilson, after his trip to Niger in Africa, could have disabused the administration of its passionate ideas about WMD -- if the administration had wanted to listen to anyone...

AS SENATE PUSHES, BUSH SCRAMBLES FOR EXCUSES - Yahoo! News

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