Sen. Kit Bond’s letter (6/13), blaming the CIA for faulty prewar intelligence displays either ignorance or an attempt to cover up this administration’s deceptions that put us into this disastrous war when they knew that Iraq did not attack us on 9/11. Saudi Arabians and a few members of al-Qaida, who were not from Iraq, were responsible for the attack.
Knight Ridder, the now-defunct company that owned The Star, published an article reporting that the CIA told Vice President Dick Cheney that the information from Cheney’s buddy Ahmad Chalabi and his exile group about the existence of WMDs in Iraq was unverified and unsubstantiated.
Condoleezza Rice’s deputy, Stephen Hadley, also knew about the CIA report but said nothing. And Cheney chose to ignore it, because he wanted this war and knew that Bush wanted revenge on Saddam Hussein for having threatened his father.
Because of these deceptions, thousands of Iraqis and our troops are dead or wounded physically or mentally when none of this needed to have happened if it had not been for the rush to a pre-emptive war.