Before the Iraq war On Page 4 of the National Intelligence Estimate, dealing with terrorism sent to the Whitehouse on Oct 1 2002 The CIA, Defense Intelligence Agency and the other U.S. spy agencies unanimously agreed that Baghdad:
• had not sponsored past terrorist attacks against America,
• was not operating in concert with al-Qaida,
• and was not a terrorist threat to America.
George Bush, speaking in October 2002, said that “The stated policy of the United States is regime change… However, if [Hussein] were to meet all the conditions of the United Nations, the conditions that I have described very clearly in terms that everybody can understand, that in itself will signal the regime has changed.”
The invasion happened and for months after the invasion, George W. Bush told the public that he had based his decision to invade Iraq on “good, solid intelligence.”
Later Colin Powell said on MTP, “it turned out that the sourcing was inaccurate and wrong and in some cases, deliberately misleading.”
Weapons inspectors found no evidence of WMD After the invasion, the Iraq Survey Group concluded that Iraq had ended its WMD programs in 1991, which proved the National Intelligence Estimate to be correct.
Either Bush was stupid in believing bad intel over good intel or he lied I suspect that because as Bush stated “The stated policy of the United States is regime change” that he lied.
So should anyone trust his word?