In One Eye

Sunday, June 22, 2003
Dowd's column is kind of dopy today. (She includes the word "maybe" four times in her text: hardly a hard-hitting analysis.), but she does say this:
On Friday, senators on the intelligence committee cut a deal that lets "a thorough review"—i.e. a Republican whitewash—go forward into whether the spy community ginned up prewar intelligence. The Democrats, already Fausted by their prewar fear of being pantywaists, naturally caved on open hearings.

Open, closed, who cares? Congress is looking in the wrong place. They're scrutinizing those who gathered the intelligence, rather than those who pushed to distort it.
The Post has a story this morning about such distortion.
A still-classified national intelligence report circulating within the Bush administration [last October when the President sought to rally congressional support for a resolution authorizing war against Iraq] ... portrayed a far less clear picture about the link between Iraq and al Qaeda than the one presented by the president, according to U.S. intelligence analysts and congressional sources who have read the report.

The National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq, which represented the consensus of the U.S. intelligence community, contained cautionary language about Iraq's connections with al Qaeda and warnings about the reliability of conflicting reports by Iraqi defectors and captured al Qaeda members about the ties, the sources said.