Intelligence Failures or Faith-Based Intelligence?
When you hear that the evidence shows that President Bush and the White House were exonerated by the Senate Intelligence Committee and it was the intelligence analysts who were culpable for bad intelligence, it would be good to remember what Greg Thielmann said on Sixty Minutes II on the anniversary of Colin Powell's speech before the UN. Thielmann was the acting director of the Office of Strategic Proliferation and Military Affairs responsible for analyzing the threat from Iraq and head of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research for the US State Department in 2002.
"There's plenty of blame to go around. The main problem was that the senior administration officials have what I call faith-based intelligence. They knew what they wanted the intelligence to show," says Thielmann.
"They were really blind and deaf to any kind of countervailing information the intelligence community would produce. I would assign some blame to the intelligence community and most of the blame to the senior administration officials." (emphasis added)
If you want to know more, go back and read what Thielmann said to the Arms Control Association about the evidence.