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BY DI READERS | JUNE 26, 2014 5:00 AM

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Re: Let’s talk about Iraq

You mention how the U.S .acted on lies to become involved in both Iraq and Vietnam. I agree as far as Vietnam is concerned. The Gulf of Tonkin incident never happened. President Johnson knew that but still used it as a pretext for escalating our involvement in Vietnam. As for the invasion of Iraq, the case is far from clear that anyone lied. Let’s not forget that it was Clinton appointee George Tenet who gave us the supposedly definitive evidence that there were large numbers of WMD in Iraq. This was, of course, a gross exaggeration (in actuality, we did find several stores of chemical weapons — enough to at least take out the population of Manhattan — but no where near what Tenet and his analysts claimed). This intelligence served as one of the rationales for Bush’s invasion, and it was the same intelligence that informed the votes cast by Sens. Kerry, Biden, Clinton, and various other Democrats in favor of the invasion. So, bad intelligence, yes. Lie, no.

Steve Jergins

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