His comment about needing to keep a base in Iraq 'to keep an eye on Iran' was pretty telling. Also, news to the Iraqi government!Trump is pulling a Cheney on Intelligence:
‘Cooking’ and Ignoring Intelligence on Iran
Posted on February 3, 2019, 2:10 PM Daniel Larison
The president’s interview on Face the Nation this morning contained some remarkable revisionism on his part on the Iraq war:
MARGARET BRENNAN: I want to move on here but I should say your intel chiefs do say Iran’s abiding by that nuclear deal. I know you think it’s a bad deal, but–
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I disagree with them. I’m- I’m- by the way–
MARGARET BRENNAN: You disagree with that assessment?
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: –I have intel people, but that doesn’t mean I have to agree. President Bush had intel people that said Saddam Hussein–
MARGARET BRENNAN: Sure.
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: –in Iraq had nuclear weapons- had all sorts of weapons of mass destruction. Guess what? Those intel people didn’t know what the hell they were doing, and they got us tied up in a war that we should have never been in. And we’ve spent seven trillion dollars in the Middle East and we have lost lives–
MARGARET BRENNAN: Do you trust your national security adviser John Bolton because he worked in the Bush administration?
PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I do, and I respect John and John is not one of the people that happened to be testifying or on.
Trump’s belated criticism of the Iraq war was one of the things that seemed to set him apart from most other Republican candidates on foreign policy during the 2016 primaries, so it is telling that he is now regurgitating the pro-war dead-ender narrative that “faulty intelligence” was to blame for the war. No doubt that is thanks in no small part to Bolton, who remains as supportive of the Iraq war now as he was sixteen years ago. Few people have less credibility on matters of nonproliferation and disarmament than Bolton, so of course Trump trusts him above everyone else. No wonder the president is shredding every nonproliferation and arms control agreement we have left.
The Bush administration manipulated, cherry-picked, and misrepresented the intelligence they received to build a case for invasion and regime change that the evidence never supported. It was not “the intel people” who claimed Saddam Hussein had or would soon have nuclear weapons. Dick Cheney and Condi “Smoking Gun in the Form of a Mushroom Cloud” Rice were chief among those responsible for promoting that particular lie. Bolton was and still is one of the biggest supporters of the war and the distortions and lies that led to it. Now Bolton and Trump are seeking to the do same with Iran by spreading lies that Iran has “nuclear ambitions” and will have nuclear weapons within a decade. Once again, it is the president and his appointees who are to blame for terrible policy decisions that Trump has made by ignoring the evidence.
Nicholas Miller makes the same observation:
Trump is publicly casting doubt on the assessment of the nuclear deal in order to defend his terrible decision to withdraw from the JCPOA last year, but he also wants to create the impression that Iran is in violation of the agreement to justify his bankrupt policy towards Iran now. Because Iran has committed no violations on the JCPOA, Trump just pretends that they exist and ignores the mountain of evidence that says he is wrong. Trump isn’t even bothering to “cook” the intelligence he receives. He just dismisses it and chooses to believe in his fantasy instead.
Canadian I knew; gender I did not. In fairness I call girls 'dude' too. Irks my wife sometimes but I can't help itApparently PoppinKream is a girl, and Canadian.
The kind of people who are so obsessed with Defeating Iran they go All In with the House of Saud which also wants to Defeat Iran - House of Saud backs Sunni extremists aligned with their pro-Saudi-Pro-Sunni - Anti-Iran/Anti-every-islam-that-isn't-Sunni
Bezos' blog post encapsulates this cultural-political moment, The Atlantic's Robinson Meyer writes:AMI fucked themselves big time
The best part is it was sent by their lawyer which makes you wonder how many people they've extorted that don't have Bezos 'fuck you' cash
The flood gates are now open, they're in breach of a plea deal, and this could implicate the WH
The best part is Bezos has basically said I'm busy and have better things to do, so I'm giving my hound (one of the most effective in the world) a blank check to catapult you into the stratosphere
Sounds illegal... unless Bezos is secretly under investigation for something. Can't see the NSA/FBI/DEA/etc doing something illegal to someone likes Bezos.