"but that ignores the way the administration pressured the cia to give them the evidence they wanted." - jas9999"2. There were many reports during the lead-up to the war suggesting that the CIA was under pressure to come up with exactly the faulty intelligence that they came up with. Note that the topic of the use of intelligence by the administration was deliberately left for another report not to be released until after the election." - BusterI've heard reports of this. I've heard them denied. I'm keeping an open mind, but the 9/11 commission didn't say this was the case. It's a fair, bipartisan commission. Even John McCain's on it, and he's Washington's premiere free-thinking maverick. It's not like the commission is stacked with Republicans who just want to win the November election.
But Al Gore could have just as easily looked at the same intelligence and come to the same conclusion.
Buster, are you telling me that you're going to get a committee to ever come to a unianimous conclusion on anything? It's not whitewash, it's the nature of the committee system. I think partisan politics were kept out of the commissions that have been studying all this, although I haven't been following the whole thing very closely, so I could be wrong. But in my experience with committees, it's hardly fair to say they whitewash anything just because they have to come to a conclusion they can all agree on. It's only whitewash if there's something to cover up. If there was something to cover up they'd have found it, and if there was an attempt to whitewash something the Democrats on the commission would have gone to the press and let it be known that there was shady business going on. That hasn't happened. Everyone on the commission seems satisfied with the results of the commission's inquiry.
Thanks for the info, I wasn't aware of all that. ZAP