Not a headline you expect to see in the LA Times, even in the opinion section, but there it is.
The administration simply got bad intelligence. Critics are wrong to assert deception.
By one James Kirchick. Looking at some of Mr. Kirchick's past articles leads me to believe that he's no friend to conservatives, so I don't think he's trying to cover up for George W. Bush (R-USA).
From the article:
In 2004, the Senate Intelligence Committee unanimously approved a report acknowledging that it "did not find any evidence that administration officials attempted to coerce, influence or pressure analysts to change their judgments." The following year, the bipartisan Robb-Silberman report similarly found "no indication that the intelligence community distorted the evidence regarding Iraq's weapons of mass destruction."
He goes on to tear apart the more recent Senate "Intelligence" Committee Report issued June 5, which I've commented on previously.
He brings into comparison George Romney and how he felt about Vietnam in the 60s. Romney originally supported the war, and later changing his mind, saying that he'd been "brainwashed" into thinking it a good thing during a trip to Vietnam. A beautiful quote follows:
A journalist who accompanied Romney on his 1965 foray to Vietnam remarked that if the governor had indeed been brainwashed, it was not because of American propaganda but because he had "brought so light a load to the laundromat." Given the similarity between Romney's explanation and the protestations of Democrats 40 years later, one wonders why the news media aren't saying the same thing today.
Before one wonders too long, one should check the party affiliations of Romney (Republican), and the latest people claiming to have been "brainwashed" (Democratic).
But keep on buying those "Bush Lied, People Died" t-shirts if it makes you sleep easier. They won't be any more true, but I'm sure they're comfy to sleep in.