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February 02, 2007

NIE and Delusion
Posted by Michael Signer

Sorry I've been AWOL recently -- work has been a little crazy, to say the least.

It's worth reading Laura Rozen's quick hit on the newly-released National Intelligence Estimate:

My quick read sense: this does nothing to bolster the administration's case for surge, except to argue against the wisdom of a 'rapid' withdrawal. Otherwise, totally bleak. Offers very little support that this will succeed.

The WaPo describes the report:

The estimate, which represents the views of all elements of the intelligence community, presents a much grimmer picture of the situation in Iraq than the Bush administration has acknowledged in the past.

It is just amazing how many reports this Administration can produce that it won't listen to.  Kind of flips that old Fitzgerald saw about the definition of high intelligence as the ability to hold two competing ideas in your own head at the same time. 


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A "grimmer picture" suits the US government just perfectly. Higher stakes. More money.

“The Bush administration will ask for another $100 billion for military and diplomatic [!!] operations in Iraq and Afghanistan this year and seek $145 billion for 2008, a senior administration official said Friday.” --ThinkProgress

Richard Cheney's Halliburton stock options have increased in value from $240,000 to over $8 million since March 2003. --News report

"War is a racket . . the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives." --Major General Smedley Butler, USMC

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