The Early Days of a Better Nation

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

War and Intelligence

In The Vanishing Case for War Thomas Powers, who certainly seems to know what he's talking about says:

The invasion and conquest of Iraq by the United States last spring was the result of what is probably the least ambiguous case of the misreading of secret intelligence information in American history. Whether it is even possible that a misreading so profound could yet be in some sense "a mistake" is a question to which I shall return.

Return he does, in the course of a quiet-spoken but thorough demolition of the case that was made in the build-up to the war.


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