Posted by Peter W. Schramm
David Tucker argues that in this controversy surrounding the Bush administrations use of intelligence to justify the war in Iraq, lies one critical issue: the doctrine of preemption. Must read.
Tucker has an excellent point. The way the administration has defended itself has been deplorable. What their defense has done is fuel the fire.
Furthermore, from everything I have read and studied the information provided by the Brits may not have been altogether wrong in the first place. I have read statements by the IAEA that seem as though their inspectors investigated Iraq with the idea that they were innocent regarding their nuclear program. For example: The IAEA admits that Iraq has aluminium tubes, high-strength permanent magnets, flow forming capability but that Iraq claims to be using these materials for something other than reconstituting their nuclear program. Yeah, well, I suppose Manson says he isnt crazy either. As to the uranium claim it appears that there is no denying that Iraq could not have attempted to buy yellowcake, only that the particular claim appear unlikely. The point is that IAEA can no more say the materials are not for nuclear purposes than they could say that they are for such practices. Thus, Tuckers point of the doctrine of pre-emption is very legitimate.
It would appear to me that the intelligence community would be wise to keep their options open. As oppose to hearing what the IAEA says and giving up on it, as the left has done. But, of course, their whole cry is less on reality than it is discrediting the president.
Bush needs to be more direct and forceful in his defense of this whole issue.
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