The debate over the Bush administration’s uses of prewar intelligence regarding Iraq (6/23, Opinion, “White House didn’t ‘lie’ before Iraq war”).html is a waste of time. The use of intelligence “stovepipes” to feed cherry-picked raw data from the Pentagon straight to Vice President Cheney’s office for use by the White House has been acknowledged by multiple credible sources, including supporters of the war.
More to the point, the United States did not go to war for the reasons stated publicly, as a close examination of policy-planning documents authored by the intellectual architects of the war shows. Economic and geopolitical rationales for military action predominated.
The Iraq war is not a “mistake.” It is a crime, in the proper sense of that term; a war of aggression as defined by the Nuremberg tribunal. Hundreds of thousands have perished due to the realization of the ideals of the same geopolitical doodlers who now wish to engage Iran.