Monday, February 26, 2007

"What Hillary Should Have Known"

From Salon.

Florida's Senator Bob Graham did not vote for the resolution allowing President Bush to invade Iraq. Read his owns words. (He knew a lot.)

The American people needed to know these reservations [he had about the classified NIE], and I requested that an unclassified, public version of the NIE be prepared. On Oct. 4 [2002], Tenet
presented a 25-page document titled "Iraq's Weapons of Mass Destruction Programs." It represented an unqualified case that Hussein possessed them, avoided a discussion of whether he had the will to use them and omitted the dissenting opinions contained in the classified version. Its conclusions, such as "If Baghdad acquired sufficient weapons-grade fissile material from abroad, it could make a nuclear weapon within a year," underscored the White House's claim that exactly such material was being provided from Africa to Iraq.

From my advantaged position [as chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence during the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001], I had earlier concluded that a war with Iraq would be a distraction from the successful and expeditious completion of our aims in Afghanistan. Now I had come to question whether the White House was telling the truth -- or even had an interest in knowing the truth.

On Oct. 11, I voted no on the resolution to give the president authority to go to war against Iraq. I was able to apply caveat emptor. Most of my colleagues could not.

I think Hillary was trying to have it both ways, and still is. Nonetheless, I'd gladly vote for her.

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