Friday, May 06, 2005

Intelligence (Mis)Estimate

Our intelligence leading up to the War in Iraq, and before September 11, 2001, is - for the lack of better word - fucked up. But did the US deceive its citizens and the world to start a war as many have accused the US of doing.
Let look at the assessment of other countries prior to the War. Here is an excerpt of President Chirac giving an interview on February 24, 2003 to the Time.
Time: Are there nuclear arms in Iraq?
Chirac: I don't think so. Are there other weapons of mass destruction? That's probable.
What made Chirac estimated that there was other weapons of mass destruction but not nuclear? It seem that his own intelligence service had the same assessment as the US, that Saddam likely had biological and chemical weapons. I guess we were all wrong. I also hope the US is not the only one trying to reform our intelligence services.


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