February 7, 2005


`Pre-emptive' study of Iran data started (Greg Miller and Bob Drogin, 2/06/05, Los Angeles Times)

The Senate Intelligence Committee has launched what its chairman called a "pre-emptive" examination of U.S. intelligence on Iran as part of an effort to avoid the problems that plagued America's prewar assessments on Iraq.

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) said he had sought the unusual review because the erroneous prewar claims about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction had made lawmakers wary of the CIA's current assessments on Iran.

"We have to be more pre-emptive on this committee to try to look ahead and determine our capabilities so that you don't get stuck with a situation like you did with Iraq," said Roberts, who also voiced concern about current intelligence on the insurgency in Iraq.

Senator Roberts has missed the point--it's only after you depose the evil regime that you can determine what kind of threat it posed to us. You depose them because of what they do to their own people and because we need not tolerate even the remote possibility that they could be a wider threat.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 7, 2005 4:59 PM

If Bush is serious about reducing our idiotic system of welfare for farmers, he will face opposition from Pat Roberts on a variety of fronts. This parochial schmuck will do everything in his power to derail Bush's attempt to bring at least a soupcon of democracy to the Middle East.

Posted by: Bart at February 7, 2005 5:07 PM

I like Pat Roberts attitude, regardless of what "warmongers" are saying. Bush has had his credibility damaged, because he unnecessarily emphasised the WMD threat. So now a loyal Republican will have to run interference for him.

And of course Roberts parochial concerns will also have to be addressed. Just like the non-parochial National Interest in waste sewage deposal in New Jersey.

Posted by: h-man at February 7, 2005 6:29 PM