President Bush's chief of staff dismissed as "a moot point" any lingering question about whether Bush relied on faulty intelligence to justify the invasion of Iraq.
Overall intelligence has been "very, very good," Card said Sunday. But, he added, "Intelligence is a collection of dots, and then an analysis on how those dots might be connected. Some of those dots may not be what they appear to be, and some of the connections may not have been what people would have suggested. "More than seven months after Bush declared major combat over, American inspectors have not found the weapons of mass destruction, which Bush accused Iraq of hiding and used as a major reason for going to war.
Searchers have found quantities of chemicals and substances that could be used to make both weapons and legitimate civilian items, such as soap and bottles of clorox bleach (which can be used to manufacture deadly chlorine gas or to get nasty blood stains out of white school clothes).
Andy Card also rejected charges from fellow Republican Newt Gingrich that the administration's postwar policies went "off a cliff" after an impressive invasion that deposed Saddam Hussein's government.Posted by tstubbs at December 07, 2003 02:55 PM