Sunday, February 19, 2006

Was Iraq a dress rehearsal for Iran?

Let's pray not.

Paul R. Pillar can speak with some authority.

He does so here.

The administration used intelligence not to inform decision-making, but to justify a decision already made. It went to war without requesting -- and evidently without being influenced by -- any strategic-level intelligence assessments on any aspect of Iraq. .

It's a fairly long read. Pretty dry, but important.
Nothing new, but I think most people remain ignorant to the facts.

Politics and intelligence....
Do. Not. Mix.

Wars can result.

Cernig has a summary driving home the usual, obvious points. I'm tired of repeating, so I will just point. I am mystified why so few people seem to grasp even the basics of how easily the political will can be shaped by putative leaders who should know better.

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