US to probe pre-war intel on Iraq
As reported by just about every news agency on earth, President Bush is expected to annouce the formation of a formal inquiry into the pre-war intel that indicated Iraq had WMD. The stories are likening the inquiry to a Warren Commission-type event with members of Congress and outside experts making up the panel. They will have a year to report.
This is a good thing, folks. For those of us who have been crying foul and demanding an inquiry to reveal what they are sure is a corrupt administration and for those of us who have been convinced that sufficient evidence was there to support the war, answers should be forthcoming. I’m sure there will be slitted eyes about the length of time the panel will be investigating along with the obvious accusations that they’re being given a year to avoid having the answers come up before the election. Good investigations take time and, frankly, I’d feel they were rushing to a conclusion if they took less time. Not everything is wrapped up neatly in 60 minutes, 42 minutes not counting commercial breaks.
I’m of the opinion that the evidence will show sufficient cause was there to think – even if it turned out to not be true – that WMD were present in Iraq. We actually know they were just after the Persian Gulf War. The question has been were they there recently? It’s my position that they were and even if they weren’t there when the Coalition went in, there was plenty of reason to think they were. I look forward to the Commission’s report. (I have been writing to my elected reps at least once a month on this issue for 4 months. Did you?)