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Senate Panel Can’t Even Call a Lie a Lie?

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Jay Rockefeller, the Democratic chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, has always been a hapless sort, prone to getting rolled by the Bush administration and his GOP counterparts on the committee. But this is a new low.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the final phase of the committee’s looooooong delayed report into pre-war intelligence is nearing completion. That phase deals with the question of whether the administration publicly misrepresented what it knew about Saddam Hussein’s (nonexistent) weapons of mass destruction and (imaginary) ties to al-Qaeda. The answer to that question is Duh. But, reports Greg Miller, the report will perform an expert horticultural examination of each species of tree, at the expense of the forest:

But officials say the report reaches a mixed verdict on the key question of whether the White House misused intelligence to make the case for war.

The document criticizes White House officials for making assertions that failed to reflect disagreements or uncertainties in the underlying intelligence on Iraq, officials said. But the report acknowledges that many claims were consistent with intelligence assessments in circulation at the time.

Because of the nuanced nature of the conclusions, one congressional official familiar with the document said: “The left is not going to be happy. The right is not going to be happy. Nobody is going to be happy.”

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Well, which intelligence? Real intelligence? Or Feith-based intelligence ? What intelligence supports the following statement, made by George W. Bush on September 25, 2002:

Al Qaeda hides, Saddam doesn’t, but the danger is, is that they work in concert. The danger is, is that al Qaeda becomes an extension of Saddam’s madness and his hatred and his capacity to extend weapons of mass destruction around the world.Both of them need to be dealt with. The war on terror, you can’t distinguish between al Qaeda and Saddam when you talk about the war on terror. And so it’s a comparison that is — I can’t make because I can’t distinguish between the two, because they’re both equally as bad, and equally as evil, and equally as destructive.

Unlike WMD in Iraq, this one really is a slam dunk. And Rockefeller is going to pass back out to the top of the key?

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