Logan wrote about this yesterday, but I wanted to chime in with some crucial context and background. As Colin Powell's right-hand-man during Bush
Logan wrote about this yesterday, but I wanted to chime in with some crucial context and background. As Colin Powell's right-hand-man during Bush's first term, Colonel Wilkerson is in a position to know intimate details of the "high crimes" he speaks of. This should be front page news around the country. Why it's not eludes me.
Now some background: Wilkerson testified before the Democratic Policy Committee -- the only Congressional body that conducted Executive oversight before the November takeover -- back in June 2006, and revealed some startling information about how the administration "cooked the books on intelligence" vis a vis the Office of Special Plans.
In my opinion, this secretive body is at the very heart of the scandal that is the Iraq War; that's where Doug Feith and the other DoD neocons manipulatedintelligence"produced alternative intelligence assessments." The whole story about how we were misled into war has never adequately been told. If the OSP is thoroughly investigated as Wilkerson is pushing for, the flood gates will open and expose all the lies and manipulation. This should be priority #1 for Democratic oversight.
For another example of just how badly the intelligence was manipulated, see this "60 Minutes" clip from last year where European CIA Chief Tyler Drumheller recounts how top Iraqi officials were telling the CIA that Saddam had no WMD, and how this crucial source was entirely ignored by the Bush administration.