— The Erimtan Angle —

And in another quasi-revelation, following my earlier post about the Defense Intelligence Agency’s newly published documents regarding the Obama administration’s knowledge of the background of the Benghazi attack, MSNBC has now told the American audience as well as the people all around the world that Bush, Jr. really lied when he spoke about Saddam’s WMD . . . as related by Mother Jones, “Michael Morell, a longtime CIA official who eventually became the agency’s deputy director and acting director. During the preinvasion period, he served as Bush’s intelligence briefer. Appearing on MSNBC’s Hardball on Tuesday night [19 May], Morell made it clear: The Bush-Cheney administration publicly misrepresented the intelligence related to Iraq’s supposed WMD program and Saddam’s alleged links to Al Qaeda”.[1]

In Mother Jones, David Corn explains that “[h]ost Chris Matthews asked Morell about a statement Cheney made in 2003: ‘We know he [Saddam Hussein] has been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear weapons. And we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons’. Here’s the conversation that followed: MATTHEWS: Was that true? MORELL: We were saying— MATTHEWS: Can you answer that question? Was that true? MORELL: That’s not true”.[2]  The conversation continued thus: “MATTHEWS: So you’re briefing the president on the reasons for war, they’re selling the war, using your stuff, saying you made that case when you didn’t. So they’re using your credibility to make the case for war dishonestly, as you just admitted. MORELL: Look, I’m just telling you— MATTHEWS: You just admitted it. MORELL: I’m just telling you what we said— MATTHEWS: They gave a false presentation of what you said to them. MORELL: On some aspects. On some aspects”.[3]  Corn then picks up the thread, declaring:  “And there’s more. Referring to the claims made by Bush, Cheney, and other administration officials that Saddam was in league with Al Qaeda, Morell noted, ‘What they were saying about the link between Iraq and Al Qaeda publicly was not what the intelligence community’ had concluded. He added, ‘I think they were trying to make a stronger case for the war’. That is, stronger than the truth would allow. Morell’s remarks support the basic charge: Bush and Cheney were not misled by flawed intelligence; they used the flawed intelligence to mislead”.[4]

Other than that, Morell also just wrote a book that he is trying to sell . . .

(11 May 2015)

[1] David Corn, “George W. Bush’s CIA Briefer: Bush and Cheney Falsely Presented WMD Intelligence to Public” Mother Jones (19 May 2015). http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/05/michael-morell-bush-cheney-iraq-war.

[2] David Corn, “George W. Bush’s CIA Briefer: Bush and Cheney Falsely Presented WMD Intelligence to Public”.

[3] David Corn, “George W. Bush’s CIA Briefer: Bush and Cheney Falsely Presented WMD Intelligence to Public”.

[4] David Corn, “George W. Bush’s CIA Briefer: Bush and Cheney Falsely Presented WMD Intelligence to Public”.

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