"How did it come to pass that an opposition's measure of a president's foreign policy was all or nothing, success or "failure"? The answer is that the political absolutism now normal in Washington arrived at the moment--Nov. 7, 2000--that our politics subordinated even a war against terror to seizing the office of the presidency." - Daniel Henninger - WSJ 11/18/05
"the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts." - George Orwell

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Finally - Bush Administration to release docs captured in Afghanistan and Iraq


The Bush administration has recently decided to release most of the documents that were in captured in post-war Afghanistan and Iraq. Many of the documents will of course have secret information blocked out, much of it would hopefully clear some of the air; although it will likely not sway any minds of those that steadfastly deny the existence or possibility of the existence of WMDs in Iraq.

Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.), who has lead the charge to release as many documents as possible said yesterday that, 'this is a bold decision in favor of openness that will go a long way towards improving our understanding of prewar Iraq . . . By placing these documents online and allowing the public the opportunity to review them, we can cut years off the time it will take to gain knowledge from this potential treasure trove of information."'

"Among the items Hoekstra wants released quickly are 68 Iraqi documents that his office requested last fall and recently obtained. Hoekstra says there is "no silver bullet, no smoking gun" in those documents, but that their contents are nonetheless very interesting." A smoking gun is likely not to be expected, however any information that clears the air and allows people that want to understand, to understand is helpful.

It is bothersome when so many, like the 57% of 1,001 people recently polled, believe the American people were misled deliberately by the Bush Administration with regard to Iraq and WMD. The media and left in general has done everything in its ability to deny the WMD angle. 15 plus years from the beginning of the Iraq fiasco, and weeks after the invasion it is discredited, hook, line and sinker. This is not very realistic and is more wishful thinking by those opposed to the administrations efforts. I don't know if there were any WMDs, although I believe there were or at least the remnants, ability and intent to get them up and running at the first opportunity. To deny it as a possibility, is to close ones mind when the jury is still out; whether they want to acknowledge it or not.

That said, I close this post with Mr. Hayes close; "no one can say with any certainty what will come from the document release. Intelligence officials with knowledge of the exploitation process estimate that less than 4 percent of the overall document collection has been fully exploited. It's reasonable to assume that documents in the collection will provide support to both supporters of the war in Iraq and critics. Summaries of the exploited materials, listed in a U.S. government database known as HARMONY, suggest that the new material will at least complicate the overly simplified conventional wisdom that the former Iraqi regime posed no real threat."


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