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InvisibleSwami
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US Intelligence paints bleak Iraqi outlook
    #3142125 - 09/16/04 02:57 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

from Yahoo.com

WASHINGTON - The National Intelligence Council presented President Bush (news - web sites) this summer with several pessimistic scenarios regarding the security situation in Iraq (news - web sites), including the possibility of a civil war there before the end of 2005.


In a highly classified National Intelligence Estimate, the council looked at the political, economic and security situation in the war-torn country and determined that ? at best ? stability in Iraq would be tenuous, a U.S. official said late Wednesday, speaking on the condition of anonymity.


At worst, the official said, were "trend lines that would point to a civil war." The official said it "would be fair" to call the document "pessimistic."

Hmmm, I wonder who here declared soon after "Mission Accomplished!" that civil war is almost inevitable?

This latest assessment was performed by the National Intelligence Council, a group of senior intelligence officials that provides long-term strategic thinking for the entire U.S. intelligence community.


Acting CIA (news - web sites) Director John McLaughlin and the leaders of the other intelligence agencies approved the intelligence document, which runs about 50 pages.


The estimate appears to differ from the public comments of Bush and his senior aides who speak more optimistically about the prospects for a peaceful and free Iraq. "We're making progress on the ground," Bush said at his Texas ranch late last month.


What the?! Bush would put a spin on intelligence (anyone here remember WMD?) ? That is sooooo out of character for him to twist the facts.

"We will make the Iraqis democratic whether they want it or not!" thundered a senior White House Aid on Thursday.


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Re: US Intelligence paints bleak Iraqi outlook [Re: Swami]
    #3142171 - 09/16/04 03:09 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Yeah, you can never underestimate Middle Easterner's disposition to violence and ignorance. We probobly should have left them with Saddam Hussein. I think Democracy in Iraq was a good idea, and Bush made the right decision at the time in choosing to invade, but obviously was wrong.

I think they all under estimated the terrorists and put too much faith in Iraqis being rational, as well as underestimated the benefit the Western news media would be to the terrorists, and how stubborn countries like France and Germany would be in refusing to help.

Perhaps they should have been pessimistic to begin with.


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Re: US Intelligence paints bleak Iraqi outlook [Re: Divided_Sky]
    #3142716 - 09/16/04 09:49 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Yeah, you can never underestimate Middle Easterner's disposition to violence and ignorance.

Yeah, you can never underestimate our commander's disposition to distortion of the facts.


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Re: US Intelligence paints bleak Iraqi outlook [Re: Divided_Sky]
    #3142789 - 09/16/04 10:33 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Quote:

We probobly should have left them with Saddam Hussein




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Re: US Intelligence paints bleak Iraqi outlook [Re: Learyfan]
    #3142825 - 09/16/04 10:56 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

:thumbup: great toon--the best ones are too true to laugh at.


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Re: US Intelligence paints bleak Iraqi outlook [Re: Tao]
    #3142837 - 09/16/04 11:00 AM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Did you know that God himself told Bush to strike Iraq? It's true. God hates America and wanted us to be hips deep in a quagmire.




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Re: US Intelligence paints bleak Iraqi outlook [Re: Swami]
    #3144326 - 09/16/04 05:32 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Yet another example of Bush's deceptions to the American people. George W. Bush is the worst president in American history.


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Re: US Intelligence paints bleak Iraqi outlook [Re: Swami]
    #3144489 - 09/16/04 06:04 PM (12 years, 10 months ago)

Apparently your knowledge of American history only goes back 50 years.


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