5,641. 2/21/2004

According to a February 21, 2004, report by Knight-Ridder newspapers: ” ‘A huge amount of what [intelligence] was collected [from Middle East sources] hasn’t panned out. Some of it has turned out to have been either wrong or fabricated,’ said one senior [Bush] administration official. ‘The evidence now suggests that at some points along the way, we may have been duped by people who wanted to encourage military action for their own reasons.’ But [Iraqi National Congress leader Ahmed] Chalabi has his country back and is unrepentant. ‘As far as we’re concerned, we’ve been entirely successful,’ said Chalabi. ‘That tyrant Saddam is gone, and the Americans are in Baghdad. What was said before is not important.’ ”

 – James Bamford, A Pretext for War, Pages 339-340

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