Top CIA man: President wanted Iraq war (video)
Yesterday's 60 Minutes featured the CIA's top man in Rome during the runup to the Iraq War, Tyler Drumheller [video]. Yet again we hear from a well-placed official that, as the Downing Street Memo put it, the facts were made to fit the policy. The policy, of course, is the disastrous and unpopular Iraq War.
But, as Josh Marshall notes, the committees investigating this stuff, the Robb-Silbermann Commission and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence "absolutely" had this information as they'd interviewed Drumheller repeatedly.
Calling it "devastating evidence against their credibility on a slew of levels," Marshall comments: "What Drumheller has to say adds quite a lot to our knowledge of what happened in the lead up to war. But what it shows even more clearly is that none of this stuff has yet been investigated by anyone whose principal goal is not covering for the White House."
As for Drumheller himself, he said that he was "'in shock' that so little of what [he and his colleagues] related ended up in the reports either." (TPM, C&L)
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