Xah Lee's Unixism

Patrick Scheible kkt at drizzle.com
Wed Sep 22 02:15:57 CEST 2004


Alan Balmer <albalmer at att.net> writes:

> On 17 Sep 2004 23:10:27 -0700, Patrick Scheible <kkt at drizzle.com>
> wrote:
> 
> >Alan Balmer <albalmer at att.net> writes:
> >
> >> On 14 Sep 2004 10:15:27 -0700, Patrick Scheible <kkt at drizzle.com>
> >> wrote:
> >> 
> >> >Chuck Dillon <spam at nimblegen.com> writes:
> >> >
> >> >> Coby Beck wrote:
> >> >> 
> >> >> >>
> >> >> >>And, of course, entertaining the possibility that his agenda is just
> >> >> >>what he says it is, is completely out of the question.
> >> >> > Not out of the question, be obviously untrue.
> >> >> 
> >> >> Again, I'll point out that it is naive to put this entirely on the
> >> >> administration.  We're in Iraq because we effectively declared
> >> >> war. The dance with the U.N. went on for some 3 months.  It was clear
> >> >> where we were headed.  Our congress, including Kerry and all of the
> >> >                                                           ^^^
> >> >Not all.  I'm happy to say my representative and one of my senators
> >> >voted against the resolution authorizing the war.
> >> >
> >> >Congress doesn't have its own intelligence service.  If the
> >> >administration claims to have clear evidence that a country has WMD
> >> >there's only so much that a minority party in congress can do to find
> >> >out if the administration is lying or engaged in wishful thinking.
> >> 
> >> http://intelligence.house.gov/
> >> http://intelligence.senate.gov/
> >
> >They have committees, they don't have independent
> >intelligence-gathering ability.
> >
> Neither does President Bush - he doesn't have time for all those field
> trips. That's why he gets reports from the various intelligence
> agencies, who also report to the Congressional intelligence
> committees.

The intelligence goes from the analysts to administration appointees,
who filter out what they don't want to hear and pass the remainder on
to POTUS and Congress.

-- Patrick




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