Pushed the Iraq War Are Now Stirring Up Anti-Russia
main U.S. intelligence official pushing claims that
Russia hacked the Democratic party is James Clapper, the
Director of National Intelligence.
But Clapper was
responsible for a lot of the bogus intelligence which
led to the Iraq war. Newsweek
reported in 2010:
Obama’s nomination of Pentagon intelligence chief
James Clapper as intelligence czar could reignite
the Bush-era debate over how and why agencies
overstated Saddam Hussein’s
weapons-of-mass-destruction arsenal before the March
2003 invasion of Iraq. Clapper played an
important role in that estimate; from 2001 to 2006
he headed the National Geospatial-Intelligence
Agency, the Pentagon unit responsible for
interpreting spy-satellite photos and other
technically gathered intelligence like air particles
and soil samples. And now the conservative
Washington Times is reviving the argument,
reporting that in Clapper’s judgment the Iraqi
dictator evaded the post-invasion WMD search by
hiding at least part of the arsenal across the
border in shortly before the invasion.
told Congress yesterday that his “fingerprints” were
all over the Iraq intelligence estimate.
of the NSA’s global surveillance system (Bill Binney)
and a 27-year CIA veteran who chaired National
Intelligence Estimates and personally delivered
intelligence briefings to both Democratic and Republican
presidents and the Joint Chiefs of Staff (Ray McGovern)
has admitted giving Congress on March 12, 2013,
false testimony regarding the extent of NSA
collection of data on Americans. Four months later,
after the Edward Snowden revelations, Mr. Clapper
apologized to the Senate for testimony he admitted
was “clearly erroneous.” That he is a survivor was
already apparent by the way he landed on his feet
after the intelligence debacle on Iraq.
was a key player in facilitating the fraudulent
intelligence. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld put
Mr. Clapper in charge of the analysis of satellite
imagery, the best source for pinpointing the
location of weapons of mass destruction — if any.
Pentagon favorites like Iraqi émigré Ahmed Chalabi
plied U.S. intelligence with spurious “evidence” on
WMD in Iraq, Mr. Clapper was in position to suppress
the findings of any imagery analyst who might have
the temerity to report, for example, that the Iraqi
“chemical weapons facility” for which Mr. Chalabi
provided the geographic coordinates was nothing of
the kind. Mr. Clapper preferred to go by the
Rumsfeldian dictum: “The absence of evidence is not
evidence of absence.”
after the war began, Mr. Chalabi
told the media, “We are heroes in error. As far
as we’re concerned we’ve been entirely successful.”
By that time it was clear there were no WMD in Iraq.
When Mr. Clapper was asked to explain, he opined,
without adducing any evidence, that they probably
were moved into Syria.
called Lindsey Graham:
One of the
biggest cheerleaders for the Iraq War ….
John McCain was
another of the main Iraq war boosters.
Now Graham is
throwing “rocks, not pebbles” at Russia.
And McCain is
alleging that Russia hacked the U.S. … and that it
constitutes an act of war.
The same thing
is true of the mainstream media: the
same numbskulls who championed the Iraq war are not
stirring up anti-Russian hysteria.
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