and they can't fire him.
Summary: A former top CIA official, Tyler Drumheller — a 26-year veteran of the agency — decided to do something CIA officials at his level almost never do: Speak out.
Ignoring credible and accurate intelligence leading up to the war that stated "we can find no proof that Iraq has WMDs" - Bush and Cheney moved ahead with their campaign of disinformation to blatantly mislead Congress and manipulate public opinion to build support for the invasion, while conveying to the CIA - "Well, this isn't about intel anymore. This is about regime change."
Ultimately, when no WMD's were found - Bush shirked responsibility and perpetuated the deceptions by blaming it on "faulty intelligence."
Drumheller - "It just sticks in my craw every time I hear them say it’s an intelligence failure...It’s an intelligence failure. This was a policy failure." He added "I think over time, people will look back on this and see this is going to be one of the great, I think, policy mistakes of all time."
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]Tyler, this already IS the mother of all policy failures and entering overtime. Thankfully, the well oiled campaign of disinformation and denials designed to keep the truth from the American people and Congress is beginning to show cracks in its armor. Speaking of Congress...
Unfortunately, 60 minutes did not dig deep enough with Drumheller. Josh Marshall at Talking Points spoke to him after tonight's airing and learned that his testimony before the Robb-Silverman Commission and Roberts Committee about what the Administration knew never managed to find its way into their reports. "I think, speaks volumes about the agenda that the writers of those reports were pursuing." adds Marshall.
"I was stunned," his colleagues, Drumheller said, were equally "in shock" that so little of what they related ended up in the reports either.
"What Drumheller has to say adds quite a lot to our knowledge of what happened in the lead up to war. But what it shows even more clearly is that none of this stuff has yet been investigated by anyone whose principal goal is not covering for the White House."