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ST Coordinator – Danny Crossman

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That's right Mr. Millen, Kerry would not have been able to do any better in Iraq other than perhaps extracting us earlier from the Civil War, although like most republicans he would never have gotten us so disasterously embroiled there for no good reason. That is why I say this is not a partisan issue at all. The democrats have no counter-terrorism strategy whatsoever, and lacking any vision we are not only stuck but in peril. Unless a Hadrian steps to the plate soon, another Nero, could pull us down. The idea, however, that it requires "hatred" to "bash" an imbecile for making error after error is absurd. I think it is just really hard for some people to fathom all those zeros swarming behind the deficit and what they mean. What is 5 trillion divided by 100 million taxpayers?

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February 11th, 2006, 4:39 pm
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ST Coordinator – Danny Crossman

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 01783.html

"The most recent example of politicized intelligence was President Bush's statement on Feb. 9 that the United States had "derailed" a 2002 plot to fly a plane into the U.S. Bank Tower in Los Angeles. Bush spoke about four al Qaeda plotters who had planned to use shoe bombs to blow open the cockpit door. But a foreign official with detailed knowledge of the intelligence scoffed at Bush's account, saying that the information obtained from Khalid Sheik Mohammed and an Indonesian operative known as Hambali was not an operational plan so much as an aspiration to destroy the tallest building on the West Coast. When I asked a former high-level U.S. intelligence official about Bush's comment, he agreed that Bush had overstated the intelligence.

Perhaps the most outrageous example of misusing intelligence has been the administration's attempt to undercut Paul Pillar and other former CIA officials who tried to warn about the dangers ahead in Iraq. I'm not talking about the agency's botched job on weapons of mass destruction but about its warnings that postwar Iraq would be chaotic and dangerous. Pillar said so privately before the war, and he helped draft an August 2004 national intelligence estimate warning, correctly, that the situation in Iraq was deteriorating and heading for "tenuous stability" at best.

Bush was unhappy at this naysaying, just as he has grumbled about pessimistic reports from the CIA station in Baghdad. When Pillar made similar warnings about Iraq at a private dinner in September 2004, the White House went ballistic -- seeing Pillar as part of a CIA conspiracy to undermine the president's policies. Soon after, Bush installed a former Republican congressman, Porter Goss, who began a purge at the agency that has driven out a generation of senior managers. Pillar and many, many others have retired, leaving the nation without some of its best intelligence officers when we need them most."

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February 15th, 2006, 4:36 am
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