Pre-War Intelligence: Three Words: The Vice President


Here's a small round up from the The Democratic Policy Committee that held a hearing this afternoon on the manipulation of pre-war Iraq intelligence.

Mike who sent the video writes: "The main issue every member had was with the OSP (Office of Special Plans) that was run by Douglas Feith and the like. This was the secret intel group that prepared and delivered the more important Iraq briefings directly to Bush, and more importantly, in Larry Wilkerson's words, "the Vice-President."

Wilkerson: "As a Republican, I’m somewhat embarrassed by the fact that you’re the only member of my party here"

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via Think Progess for transcript:

JONES: My question is this to all four of you who would like to answer, maybe it’s a very simple question. I apologize if it’s been asked before. But what perplexes me is how in the world could professionals – I’m not criticizing anybody here at this table – but how could the professionals see what was happening and nobody speak out?

I’m not saying you did not do your duty, please understand. My point is as a congressman who trusted what I was being told – I’m was not on the Intelligence Committee, Senator Dorgan, but I am on the Armed Services Committee – and I was being told this information. And I wish I’d the wisdom then that I might have now. I would have known what to ask. But I think many of my colleagues – they did not have the experience on the Intelligence Committee – we just pretty much accepted.

So where along the way – how did these people so early on get so much power that they had more influence in those in the administration to make decisions than you the professionals.

WILKERSON: Let me try to answer you first. Let me say right off the bat I’m glad to see you here.

JONES: Thank you sir.

WILKERSON: As a Republican, I’m somewhat embarrassed by the fact that you’re the only member of my party here.

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JONES: I agree.
WILKERSON: But I understand it. I’d answer you with two words. Let me put the article in there and make it three. The Vice President.


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