Craig Unger — The Fall of the House of Bush: The Untold Story of How a Band of True Believers Seized the Executive Branch, Started the Iraq War, and Still Imperils America’s Future — Videos

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Powell Says US Should Not Have Invaded Iraq

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Colin Powell regrets Iraq war intelligence

Former US secretary of state says information he provided leading to the invasion of Iraq is a “blot” on his record.

Colin Powell, the former US secretary of state, has said he regrets providing misleading intelligence that led the US to invade Iraq, believing it had weapons of mass destruction.

Powell, the first secretary of state in the administration of George W. Bush, the former US president, which declared war on Iraq in 2003, told Al Jazeera on the 10th anniversary of the worst terror attacks on US soil that the information was a “blot on my record”.

“It turned out, as we discovered later, that a lot of sources that had been attested to by the intelligence community were wrong,” Powell said in Washington, DC.

“I understood the consequences of that failure and, as I said, I deeply regret that the information – some of the information, not all of it – was wrong,” said the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“It has blotted my record, but – you know – there’s nothing I can do to change that blot. All I can say is that I gave it the best analysis that I could.”

Powell, who was secretary of state from 2002 to 2005, gave an elaborate description of Iraq’s weapons programme in the run-up to the war, saying “ambition and hatred” were enough to bring Iraq and al-Qaeda together and build more sophisticated bombs.

“I gave that speech on a four days’ notice based on an intelligence estimate that had been done months before and provided to Congress, and every word in that speech was gone over by the director of the Central intelligence Agency (CIA) and his deputy director and all experts,” he said.

In the United Kingdom, a traditional ally of the US which backed the military campaign, Tony Blair, who was prime minister at the time of the invasion, said Iraq had the capacity to deploy weapons of mass destruction in 45 minutes.

Blair has since been criticised for allegedly exaggerating that claim and for presenting intelligence that overstated the case for going to war. But Powell said he did not exaggerate the information he presented to Congress.

“There is nothing that I made up; there’s nothing that I stuck in there,” he said.

“Some people tried to stick extra things in there that the intelligence community wouldn’t verify and I said ‘no’.

“And so when I presented that information, it was information that the president believed in; information that my colleagues in government believed in.”

Powell said he “presented the best evidence that we had” and that the United Kingdom and other nations believed it.

The US invaded Iraq about 18 months after commercial airliners were hijacked by 19 men affiliated to al-Qaeda and flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in New York.

Up to 3,000 people were killed by the hijackers who also targeted the Pentagon.

The war in Iraq, in which the US lost 6,000 of its soldiers, was preceded by the invasion in 2001 of Afghanistan by Washington.

Afghanistan was then home to Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks and leader of al-Qaeda who was killed in May in Pakistan by US forces after a manhunt lasting nearly a decade.

The Iraq war was based on a lie, and Iran is too

Dead Wrong: Colin Powell’s UN Speech

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High Noon: Dueling Speeches–Cheney Demolishes Obama–Videos

Posted on May 21, 2009. Filed under: Blogroll, Communications, Economics, Links, People, Politics, Quotations, Rants, Raves, Resources, Security, Strategy, Taxes, Video, War | Tags: , , , , , , |

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High Noon

 

President Obama’s Speech: Protecting Our Security and Our Values. Part 1

 

President Obama’s Speech: Protecting Our Security and Our Values. Part 2

 

President Obama’s Speech: Protecting Our Security and Our Values. Part 3

 

President Obama’s Speech: Protecting Our Security and Our Values. Part 4

 

President Obama’s Speech: Protecting Our Security and Our Values. Part 5

 

(Part 1/4) Dick Cheney’s ‘He Deserves an Answer’ Speech at AEI (American Enterprise Institute)

 

(Part 2/4) Dick Cheney’s ‘He Deserves an Answer’ Speech at AEI (American Enterprise Institute)

 

(Part 3/4) Dick Cheney’s ‘He Deserves an Answer’ Speech at AEI (American Enterprise Institute)

 

(Part 4/4) Dick Cheney’s ‘He Deserves an Answer’ Speech at AEI (American Enterprise Institute)

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Dueling banjos in Washington; Updated

By Michelle Malkin  

“… It’s the Obama-Cheney showdown this morning. I, for one, am gratified to see this White House forced to put national security on the front burner. If not for the forceful public defenses by Vice President Cheney of the aggressive, proactive measures the last administration took to keep us safe, the current commander-in-chief would be happily gabbling about solar panels and weatherization subsidies or somesuch.

National security is and always will be the Democrats’ soft spot. And they know it.

Which is why Team Obama scrambled to preempt Cheney’s AEI speech.

Which is why the same Senate Democrats who cheered so lustily when Obama declared his Gitmo closure date turned around and denied him the funds to implement it.

Which is why Obama is embracing the very same principles of preventive detention that the Left went bananas over for the past eight years.

And which is why you woke up this morning to news of one of countless terror busts whose results were, ahem, inherited by the Obama administration.

The men and women who worked tirelessly the past eight years to prevent and disrupt jihadist plots at home and abroad aren’t the ones who’ve “lost their way.” …”

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/05/21/dueling-banjos-in-washington/

 

Cheney Outshines Obama… Dear Leader Forgets Defense Chief’s Name During Security Speech

“…To Obama, surrendering Iraq to Al-Qaeda and the Iranians was a better security stance than building a democracy in the former Baathist regime. Obama denies the success of enhanced interrogation techniques despite the fact that the CIA confirmed that waterboarding of 9/11 mastermind Led to Info that aborted 9/11-style attack on Los Angeles. Obama says Gitmo makes us unsafe but would release Uighur terrorists inside the US tomorrow if he could.
If it wasn’t clear before that Dear Leader is a committed moonbat, it should be after today’s speech.
Here’s Obama accusing the Bush Adminstration of being dishonest:

Unfortunately, faced with an uncertain threat, our government made a series of hasty decisions. And I believe that those decisions were motivated by a sincere desire to protect the American people. But I also believe that – too often – our government made decisions based upon fear rather than foresight, and all too often trimmed facts and evidence to fit ideological predispositions. Instead of strategically applying our power and our principles, we too often set those principles aside as luxuries that we could no longer afford. And in this season of fear, too many of us – Democrats and Republicans; politicians, journalists and citizens – fell silent.

It would be nice if he for once could back up his attacks with specific instances where the Bush Administration “trimmed facts and evidence.”
It would be nice if he could back up his Far Left talking points before he accused the previous administration of lying.
How disgusting! …”

http://gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2009/05/cheney-outshines-obama-dear-leader.html

 

Obama’s Blueprint and America’s Enemies

Despite the Talk, Adopting the Bush Approach

Andrew McCarthy

Andrew McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor and author of “Willful Blindness: Memoir of the Jihad,” is legal affairs editor at National Review.

“…It is also not true, no matter how many times Mr. Obama and his supporters repeat it, that Guantanamo Bay and enhanced interrogation (or “torture” as they call it) are primary drivers of terrorist recruitment. The principal exacerbating factor in recruitment is successful terrorist attacks. That is what convinces the undecided to join jihadist movements, and that is what the Bush administration’s approach prevented. And if the president truly insists on “transparency,” he should stop suppressing memoranda that detail the effectiveness of the C.I.A. interrogation program. Given his decision to reveal C.I.A. tactics, is it too much to ask that the American people be informed about what intelligence the program yielded? …”

http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/21/obamas-blueprint-and-americas-enemies/#mccarthy

High Noon

“High Noon is an American 1952 western film directed by Fred Zinnemann and starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly. The film tells the story of a town marshal who is forced to face a gang of killers by himself. The screenplay was written by Carl Foreman, based on John W. Cunningham’s pulp short story, “The Tin Star”.

In 1989, High Noon was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”, entering the registry during the latter’s first year of existence. The film is #27 on the American Film Institute’s 2007 list of great films. …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Noon

Dick Cheney Redux: Liz Cheney Gives Us Round Two of Fear Mongering in MSNBC

Lawrence O’Donnell Goes Nuts Over Cheney’s Speech

 

 

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