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The corruption of intelligence in the leadup to the invasion of Iraq

June 5, 2006 | Report

By Melvin A. Goodman

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The greatest possible failure of the CIA or any intelligence agency is to misuse intelligence in order to take the country to war. Intelligence was manipulated prior to the Mexican-American War, the Spanish-American War, and the Vietnam War. None of these examples, however, compares with the comprehensive corruption of intelligence to make the case for war against Iraq. The Bush administration even created the White House Iraq Group (WHIG) in August 2002 to manipulate intelligence in order to persuade the public of the need for war. The group met regularly in the White House Situation Room, where it produced such rhetoric as the “smoking gun should not be a mushroom cloud,” a favorite phrase of Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

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