The President says Democrats in Congress "had access to the same intelligence" he did before the Iraq war, but some Democrats deny it. ...IOW: FACTCHECK.ORG CONCLUDES THAT BUSH DID NOT LIE ABOUT WMD, OR DISTORT OR HYPE WMD INTEL, AND THAT CONGRESS HAD THE SAME DATA. So will the Dem/Left PLEASE stop saying we were "misled" into war?! Sheesh! Read the whole thing.
The President's main point is correct: the CIA and most other US intelligence agencies believed before the war that Saddam had stocks of biological and chemical weapons, was actively working on nuclear weapons and "probably" would have a nuclear weapon before the end of this decade. That faulty intelligence was shared with Congress – along with multiple mentions of some doubts within the intelligence community – in a formal National Intelligence Estimate just prior to the Senate and House votes to authorize the use of force against Iraq.
No hard evidence has surfaced to support claims that Bush somehow manipulated the findings of intelligence analysts. In fact, two bipartisan investigations probed for such evidence and said they found none. So Dean's claim that intelligence was "corrupted" is unsupported.
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