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The recent release
of the 560-page Senate Intelligence Committee report, is a smack
at the Central Intelligence Agency; but it is a Valentine's Day
kiss to the Bush Administration.
For the report,
by aiming at the CIA, astutely draws fire from the White House,
and continues the lie that the White House, and, by implication,
the rest of the country, suffered from "flawed intelligence."
This is but
the latest bi-partisan attempt to save face for the Administration;
the same bipartisanship that led the nation into a foolish and needless
With the exception
of the Senator from Michigan, Carl Levin, few solons are willing
to train their fire at the nation's chief executive, President George
a high-ranking member of the Intelligence Committee, argues that
the Bush Administration exaggerated prewar intelligence reports
to support a claim of links between the al-Qaeda organization and
the Ba'ath government in Iraq under Saddam Hussein.
Among the critiques
of the CIA, the committee found the CIA's claim that aluminum tubes
were to be used for uranium centrifuges to make nuclear weapons
were wrong; that actual human intelligence was scanty; and that
the agency drew conclusions that were not based upon reliable data.
That this report
comes out the same week as CIA Director George Tenet walks the proverbial
plank, also serves to support its helpful nature to the Administration.
The CIA provided 'flawed intelligence.' Tenet's gone.
What's the problem?
The report conveniently
hides the clear and historical truth that the CIA is, and has ever
been, a political agency and instrument of the U.S. presidency.
It is only as good, or as depraved, as the president that wields
Over 40 years
ago, U.S. President Eisenhower ordered the CIA to active "Operation
Pluto," a government plot to destroy the Cuban Revolution and
overthrow Cuban President Fidel Castro. As Colombian scholar and
diplomat, Clara Nieto has written:
Immediately CIA agents began to infiltrate, and terrorist actions
and sabotage in commercial and public centers ensused. Pirate aircraft
took off from Florida to drop napalm on Cuban sugar refineries and
important economic targets. And the CIA provided arms, money, and
equipment to a counter- revolutionary group that was forming in
the mountains of Escambray in central Cuba. [From Nieto, *Masters
of War: Latin America & U.S. Aggression*, (N.Y.: 7 Stories,
2003), p. 54].
Some 3 years
later, the CIA set in motion "Operation Mongoose" which,
in the words of former CIA Director, William Colby, would "get
rid of" President Castro. And then there's the Bay of Pigs
operation, when the CIA sent US-trained troops into Cuba, to spark
a promised popular revolt.
It, of course,
never happened; but was that simply because of "flawed intelligence?"
The CIA has repeated those takeover attempts all over the world,
but they are always at the direction of the president.
To blame them
for following the orders of the Bush Regime is, to say the least,
It's like blaming
the Praetorian Guards for their actions, and absolving their commander,
is only as good as the policy-makers who utilize the data. That
the son of a former CIA Director (of course, I speak of George Herbert
Walker Bush) could be blindsided by the CIA is incredible.
The Bush Regime
came into power, over the broken backs of the electorate, with the
tainted votes of the Supreme Court, with one, primary objective
in mind: the removal of Saddam Hussein.
By their lights,
the CIA actually did a pretty good job; it provided the pretext
for the war.
The rest, as
they say, is history.
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