I don't remeber France intelligence saying that Saddam had WMD, if you have a link please do post it.Originally Posted by smilingassassin
I do remember Russian intelligence saying that US and Saddam had a secret pact before the invasion of Iraq, I am sure you want me to believe that too!
Tenet was just a bureaucrat, he was not a CIA or State Dept. analyst. Tenet did not prepare those intelligence reports, the CIA and State Dept. Analysts did, and it was them who claimed that Bush Administration misrepresented the intelligence in their quest to drum up support for war.Tennant claimed it was "a slam dunk" that Iraq had WMD's, the head of the CIA appointed by Clinton, not Bush.
Tenet ended up telling them what they wanted to hear not what was the reality and they conveniently ignored the caveats/qualiers in the intelligence reports.
The difference was that Bush had convened cabinet level meeting on it and Secretary O'Neil being member of the cabinet had attended those meetings. These meetings had happend long before 9/11. As you can see it was not loose talk....I'm almost 100% cetain other presidents have also talked about invading Iraq, so talking about and doing are two different things. The key phrase here is "after 9/11".