Book Says White House Ordered Forgery
August 5, 2008 6:36pm CST
There is a brand new book, out today, that says among other things that the White House ordered the CIA to forge a back-dated, handwritten letter from the head of Iraqi intelligence to Saddam Hussein. This is just one of the allegations made by author Ron Suskind in his new book "The Way of the World". The letter was alleged to be an effort to show a false link between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein as Bush tried to convince the public and Congress of the need to go to war with Iraq. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0808/12308.html Here's an excerpt: A new book by the author Ron Suskind claims that the White House ordered the CIA to forge a back-dated, handwritten letter from the head of Iraqi intelligence to Saddam Hussein. Suskind writes in “The Way of the World,” to be published Tuesday, that the alleged forgery – adamantly denied by the White House – was designed to portray a false link between Hussein’s regime and al Qaeda as a justification for the Iraq war. The author also claims that the Bush administration had information from a top Iraqi intelligence official “that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq – intelligence they received in plenty of time to stop an invasion.” The letter’s existence has been reported before, and it had been written about as if it were genuine. It was passed in Baghdad to a reporter for The (London) Sunday Telegraph who wrote about it on the front page of Dec. 14, 2003, under the headline, “Terrorist behind September 11 strike ‘was trained by Saddam.’” End of excerpt. Do you agree that this adds fuel to the fire concerning the lead-up to the Iraq war and that it now seems possible if not probable that rather than the intelligence being bad, as the Bush Administration has maintained, the intelligence wasn't all so bad after all but the Administration intentionally ignored that which didn't support the results they wanted and we were all in fact mislead and blatantly lied to? Do you think these new allegations will lead to anything, including prosecution of members of this Administration possibly including the President or do you think they'll "disappear" like others before have? Please, let's keep it friendly if at all possible. This isn't intended to debate whether or not others believed there were WMD's or whether or not Saddam Hussein was an evil dictator, we all already know these things. I want to discuss the contents of this new book and what these allegations mean to you if true. Annie
• United States
6 Aug 08
Well let me start off by saying that I have not read the book. But I would like someone to explain something to me, about Hussein. Ok so why would Hussein allow Al-Qaeda into Iraq? Would he not fear their extreme views as a threat? It seems that any dictator would not want a group of people that would have the ability to over throw the government, I mean look at what they have been able to accomplish around the world, why would Iraq be so hard? Sorry it just really doesn't make any sense to me about Al-Qaeda being connected to Hussein and/or Iraq.
• United States
6 Aug 08
I always just assumed he was trying to finish what his father started and was unable to finish. I guess here's another thing that McCain can ponder, the current president didn't call Congress back to session when he wanted to declare war on Iraq, he pretty much just did it, or was that Afganistan I can't remember we have been at war with someone for his entire unservice to the country. Although I was not alive when Nam started and I know that it last through several presidents, we were not involved with invading several different countries while it was going on.