Bush Blames Intel Agencies for His Claim That Iran Could Launch World War III

Is Bush Lying Or Is He the Head of an Intelligence Service So Incompetent That U.S. Security Is in Jeopardy?

In August, the U.S. government intelligence agencies sent word up the chain that Iran had suspended its nuclear weapons programs back in 2003. And yet, about two months later, on Oct. 17, 2007, Bush issued a dire warning about Iran’s nukes to the American people:

Bush: “I’ve told people that if you’re interest in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from having knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon.”

At Bush’s news conference today, amid his tired, cringe-inducing towel-snaps at the White House press corps, he denied knowing the Iranian program was suspended when he suggested that the apocalypse was nigh:

[BUSH:] I was made aware of the NIE last week. In August, I think it was [Director of National Intelligence (DNI)] Mike McConnell came in and said, we have some new information. He didn’t tell me what the information was; he did tell me it was going to take a while to analyze. Why would you take time to analyze new information? One, you want to make sure it’s not disinformation. You want to make sure the piece of intelligence you have is real. And secondly, they want to make sure they understand the intelligence they gathered: If they think it’s real, then what does it mean? And it wasn’t until last week that I was briefed on the NIE that is now public.


Q I understand what you’re saying about when you were informed about the NIE. Are you saying at no point while the rhetoric was escalating, as “World War III” was making it into conversation, at no point nobody from your intelligence team or your administration was saying, maybe you want to back it down a little bit?

[BUSH:] No, nobody ever told me that.

Normal U.S. presidents don’t generally suggest, especially off-handedly, that the planet is on the brink of World War III. Is it really possible that Bush could have been so woefully uninformed about his own government’s intelligence findings that he could make such a world-class blunder?


Every morning, without exception, a senior intelligence official, usually DNI McConnell, presents Bush with a document called the President’s Daily Brief (PDB), a top-secret overview of the very latest intelligence about the status of security threats facing the nation.

From August until October 17, Bush was given at least 60 of these daily security briefings. What he would have us believe now is that during all those briefings DNI McConnell failed to inform him about something of no less consequence than Iran’s decision to postpone blowing up the world.

If this is true, McConnell, along with every top official at all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, should be fired for dereliction of duty and rank incompetence.

But it is not true, and can’t be. Bush had to have known the Iranian program was suspended at the time he made his World War III comment. He was lying then, just as he lied today when he laid blame for his own knowingly false statement on DNI McConnell.

Why would Bush sully the office of the president of the United States with such an outrageous and dangerous lie about Iran? Because keeping America safe is far less critical to George Bush than keeping it scared. The climate of fear that he inflamed after the 9/11 attacks — now relegated entirely to his base — is all that sustains his grasp on power. Without it, he has nothing.


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  • December 5, 2007 - 1:25 pm | Permalink

    They lied about Iraq not becoming another Vietnam.

    They lied repeatedly–and still do to this day–about Saddam Hussein having connections to al-Qaeda.

    They lied about the intelligence briefings both then NSA head Condi Rice and GW Bush had received in the Summer of 2001.

    They lied about Jose Padilla wanting to use a “dirty” bomb an an American city.

    They lied about knowing the possibilities of someone using an airplane as a weapon to attack buildings.

    They lied repeatedly–and still do to this day–about using torture techniques on prisoners.

    They lied about the threat level of the people picked up in Afghanistan and shipped to Gitmo, saying they’re “bomb makers” and terrorists.
    Less than 8% have any connection to aL-Qaeda.

    They lied–and still do–about not spying on Americans unless they have a court order.

    They lied in the outing of now former CIA undercover operative Valerie Plame Wilson.

    They lied about the FISA Court–Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act–not issuing warrants in a timely manner.

    They lied about the size and scope of the domestic spying the Bush/Cheney junta has been performing on its own citizens.

    They lied about Iraq having biological and chemical weapons.

    They lied about Iraq having a nuclear weapons program…Yellowcake, anyone?

    They lied about Saddam having mobile facilities for producing biological warfare agents.

    They lied about Iraq having UAV’s–Unmanned Aerial Vehicle’s–that could deliver chemical or biological agents to the U.S.

    They lied about finding WMD’s in post-invasion Iraq.

    They lied about Iraq being an “imminent” threat to the United States.

    They lied about the threat level of the then approaching Hurricane Katrina.

    They lied about not knowing that the New Orleans levees were in danger of being breached.

    They lied–and still do–about the need for an immediate fix on the Social Security fund.

    They lied about the tax cuts going mostly to the middle class.

    They lied about the estate tax saving the “family farm.”

    They lied about the 2003 Prescription Drug Bill cost Estimates.

    They lied about Bush’s “Clean Air Act” imposing stringent new rules on polluters.

    They lied about mercury levels in young mothers.

    They lied–and still do–about the effects of the tax cuts on the national debt.

    They lied about the provisions of the “PATRIOT” Act.

    They lied about the outgoing Clinton administration damaging White House property.

    They lied about Bush’s service in the Air National Guard.

    They lied about the level of care our wounded veterans were receiving.

    They lied about the amount of federal educational funding states would receive.

    They lied about the number of Americans having access to clean drinking water and the threat of arsenic in drinking water.

    They lied about using conservation as part of a National Energy policy.

    They lied about the White House’s connections to the now bankrupt company, Enron.

    They lied about Bush being the first president to advocate for a separate Palestinian state.

    They lied about their level of involvement in the attempted coup in 2002 of President Chavez of Venezuela.

    They lied about Cheney’s involvement in awarding contracts to his old firm, Halliburton. (Cheney still receives a deferred compensation package from Halliburton)

    They lied about Bush supporting a patient’s bill of rights, that would allow patients denied care the right to take their HMO to court.

    They lied about the safety of imported prescription drugs from Canada.

    They lied about the budget deficits being only “small and temporary.”

    They lied about the fact that Bush and the WH do conduct focus groups and listen to polls.

    They lied about the war in Iraq having nothing to do with oil.

    They lied about former NFL star Pat Tilman’s murder in Afghanistan.

    They lied–and still do–about people wanting to attack us for our freedom.

    They lied about turning information over to the 9/11 Commission.

    They lied–and still do– about addressing the security concerns and vulnerabilities at chemical plants and ports.

    They lied–and still do–about Iran having connections to aL-Qaeda.

    They lied–and still do–about Iran being a threat to the United States.

    They lied about Saddam Hussein refusing to allow U.N. WMD inspectors into Iraq.

    So, why in the hell should anyone believe ANYTHING this pack of professional liars has to say about the events that took place on September 11, 2001?

    P.S. Thanks to the excellent web site, Bush Lies and to an article in the “Nation.”

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  • T. G.
    August 15, 2010 - 9:38 am | Permalink

    As of now, in August of 2010, one of the generals still presiding over American forces in Iraq has admiited that any benefit to be seen for invading Iraq is still yet
    to be seen. And will not be known for another 3-5 years.
    So how does that sound, for all the sacrifice of the lives of American soldiers as well as innocent Iraqi civilians? I’ll tell you what, it’s staggering to one’s
    imagionation. And should be the final word on any politician ever telling the truth. Especially one so well equipped in this art as George w. Bush. A born pathological liar.
    So when will the American people learn, that the pursuit of power attracts all kinds? With a good
    many whose only interests are their own interests and nobody’s else’s? And will do anything to keep their power once they have it. As in starting a war under false pretenses? Which Hitler so ably did in Poland in 1939. And now George W. Bush.
    So, now it has happened. A born liar has finally come home to America. And whether it be the first time or the last remains an unanswered question.

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