The Star’s analysis on the Iraq report (6/7, Opinion. “A lesson to future administrations”) makes clear that the editors failed to read the actual report.
Readers may be surprised that Democrats concluded the administration’s statements on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction were “substantiated by intelligence.”
The same conclusion was found regarding statements on Iraq’s nuclear, chemical, biological weapons and ties to al-Qaida.
And while The Star trivializes the fact, Democrats in the Senate examined the same intelligence as the administration and they, too, characterized Iraq as a growing and dangerous threat.
In 2002, the current Democratic Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman said “there is unmistakable evidence that Saddam Hussein is working aggressively to develop nuclear weapons and will likely have nuclear weapons within the next five years.”
The record is rife with similar statements that speak to the crux of the matter: The intelligence leading up to the war was wrong.
The bottom line is that flawed intelligence, not administration deception, led to policy makers’ statements and decisions.
To prevent repeating these failures, we must put national security over politics and work together to reform our intelligence operations.
We owe this much to the American families whose safety depends on our getting this job right.
U.S. Sen. Kit Bond
Editor’s note: Bond is vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.