September 27, 2006


Dubya labels his own intelligence info 'naive' (RICHARD SISK, 9/27/06, NY DAILY NEWS)

President Bush criticized his own intelligence agencies yesterday as "naive" for saying the Iraq war was spreading terror worldwide and rallying new recruits for Al Qaeda.

In heated remarks, Bush said, "I think it's a mistake for people to believe that going on the offense against people that want to do harm to the American people makes us less safe."

"To suggest that if we weren't in Iraq we would see a rosier scenario, with fewer extremists joining the radical movement, requires us to ignore 20 years of experience" of terror attacks, Bush said. "I think it is naive."

Bush ordered excerpts of the highly classified National Intelligence Estimate to be made public yesterday because he implied they would support his argument.

The media still hasn't figured out that the Intelligence community is just trying to undermine the elected government and that the President holds them in contempt?

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 27, 2006 12:00 AM

The media has it figured out and is enthusiastically facilitating said undermining.

Posted by: Kay in CA at September 27, 2006 10:49 AM

Doesn't anybody remember how the free world won World War Two?

Poland, backed by Britain, provoked, suckered, actually, Germany into commencing general war five to six years too early, at the exactly wrong point in its military technology cycle.

Chaos and desparate, doomed, suicidal flailing are exactly what we want to see on the other side.

Posted by: Lou Gots at September 27, 2006 10:57 AM

I'd still like to know why the same folks who got the WMD issue 100% wrong can now speak ex cathedra on what is essentially the exact same subject. Talk about choosing your own reality.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 27, 2006 11:22 AM

The free world lost WWII, which is why Poland and half of Germany were only liberated fifty years later.

Posted by: oj at September 27, 2006 12:55 PM

That is a piece of distortion reporting. Bush was not criticizing the CIA. He was criticizing all those "people" who "believe that going on the offense against people that want to do harm to the American people makes us less safe." And Bush was commenting on the entire NIE, not the part that was leaked. The sentence that followed the leaked sentence turned the meaning of the leaked sentence upside down.

Posted by: ic at September 27, 2006 1:52 PM