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Tilting at Windmills

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December 4, 2003
By: Kevin Drum

BAD INTEL....Apparently the U.S. and Britain aren't the only countries whose pre-war intelligence about Iraq sucked:

A former senior Israeli military intelligence official asserted today that the nation's spy agencies were a "full partner" to the United States and Britain in producing flawed prewar assessments of Iraq's ability to mount attacks with weapons of mass destruction.

....The Israeli intelligence agencies, [Shlomo] Brom said, "badly overestimated the Iraqi threat to Israel and reinforced the American and British belief that the weapons existed."

Brom attributed the failure to professional lapses and misreading of important data, coupled with what he called a "one-dimensional perception" of Hussein by Israel's intelligence-gathering bodies.

Join the club. Was there anyone who had decent intelligence on Iraq over the past decade?

Kevin Drum 5:43 PM Permalink | Trackbacks

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