Hersch on the WMD Intelligence Failure

Seymour Hersch’s new article in the New Yorker provides a detailed version of the events surrounding Bush administration claims of Iraqi WMD in the run-up to the war: The stovepipe. There are some significant new details, and lots of tying together of disparate pieces that have been floating around for the last year or so.

Is all of it true? I don’t know. I’d guess that there are some areas where Hersch’s information is fuzzier than he’s letting on. But most of it sounds pretty compelling. I certainly don’t see any way to salvage Dick Cheney, at least, from the charge of wilfully lying his ass off.

Anyway, it’s a long piece, but well worth the effort.

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