Some brilliant analysis about that NIE report from The American Thinker:
This was written by committee. It contains something for everyone and avoids any clear statements that might prove wrong. How was the press so absurdly misled?
Anybody who has ever experienced bureaucratic infighting will understand immediately what happened. Someone inserted the silly sentence about the Iraq conflict breeding resentment precisely so it could be wrenched out of context and leaked. That someone wanted to reinforce the Democrats’ argument that they are fit to lead despite all their anti war foolishness.
The NIE doesn’t say that the war in Iraq is counterproductive but that must be what a significant part of our intelligence apparatus believes. If not, the NIE’s Key Judgments would probably never have speculated about resentment in the Muslim world and any such speculation would certainly never have seen the light of day. Some, at least, of our intelligence experts are antiwar moonbats.
Given the track record those experts have compiled, Democrats shouldn’t be so eager to rely on any of them. Anyone who is tempted to take seriously what intelligence experts have to say about the strategic consequences of fighting in Iraq should take a lesson from the Ghost of Intelligence Past.A string of past intelligence failures is then listed, including the intelligence on Saddam’s WMD. I thought it was pretty interesting to see the coverage of the NIE leak. I did not see one report that pointed out the information in the report was put together by those who believed finding WMD in Iraq was a slam dunk. Information that is deemed beneficial to Democrats is always treated as authoritative and infallible. Funny how that works, huh?