Friday, February 24, 2006

Rummy Wags the Dog

A blogger filed a Truth of Information Act request (you go!) and managed to get his hands on the notes that Department of Defense staffer Stephen Cambone took during meetings with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on the afternoon of September 11, 2001.

Salient extracts (click the link above for images):
"[b]est info fast...judge whether good enough [to] hit S.H. [Saddam Hussein] at same time — not only UBL [Usama Bin Laden]
Go massive....Sweep it all up. Things related and not.
Things related and not. Sweet Jesus! How could anyone who believes that Saddam Hussein was involved in 9/11 read this and not change their mind? Had the "best info" actually pointed to that, we would have invaded Iraq at the same time we invaded Afghanistan.

We didn't. Instead, the U.S. government worked for months to accumulate the evidence that would allow them to do what they obviously hoped to be able to do from the very beginning. A prefect example of the tail wagging the dog if there ever was one.

Did the government manufacture this evidence? We can't say for sure. This memo clearly indicates that they were willing to cherry-pick at the very best. We need an independent investigation to determine whether it's wrong to assume the very worst. The burden of proof is going to have to be on them.
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