WASHINGTON (AFP) - A new congressional report on the Iraq war criticizes White House officials for making assertions that failed to reflect disagreements or uncertainties in intelligence findings, The Los Angeles Times reported Monday.
But citing unnamed congressional officials, the newspaper said the report also acknowledges that many claims were consistent with intelligence assessments of Iraq that existed at the time.
The report by the Senate Intelligence Committee examines dozens of pre-war claims by President George W. Bush and other administration officials about Iraq's alleged stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction that proved to be wildly inaccurate.
But the final findings of the document are mixed, the paper said.
According to the Times, the report is divided into categories that focus on pre-war claims about Iraq's alleged chemical, biological and nuclear weapons programs, as well as its supposed ties to Al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups.
Each section includes as many as 20 pre-war claims, as well as a summary conclusion on whether the assertions were generally warranted.
In many cases, the claims that were later proven wrong were largely in line with US intelligence assessments at the time, the report said.
"The left is not going to be happy," the paper quotes an unnamed congressional official as saying. "The right is not going to be happy. Nobody is going to be happy."
RLCC Comment: The intelligence assessments at the time were cooked by political lackeys from the American Enterprise Institute and elsewhere!
It was just more Donald Rumsfeld Team-B type garbage created for pure propaganda.
The Congressional report on the Iraq war is also garbage since it didn't deal directly with all of this. It's a whitewash — a cover-up.
, obtained via: , March 10, 2008, 6:28am