Monday, February 02, 2004

This makes it pretty clear. Li'l Bushie's commission will be focused solely on the gathering of intelligence, and not the politicization of it:

The panel also will be charged with exploring the quality of intelligence gathering relating to the challenges of weapons proliferation and "outlaw regimes" that preside over closed societies, sources said.

Of course some key stuff is buried a little further down:

In the National Intelligence Estimate, which was declassified in October 2002, the U.S. State Department said it could not find a compelling case that Iraq was developing nuclear weapons. But the administration never cited that report in making the public case to go to war.

"There are caveats that clearly dropped out, dissenting opinions that clearly dropped out, as you moved higher up and people read the headline summaries," Kay said. "I think this is something that needs to be investigated and looked at.

But according to David Kay, it's not the White House's fault that they ignored dissenting opinion and just read the "headline summaries". Anybody else see a disconnect there?

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