Pre-War Intelligence Scrutinized

By: Lauren Rogers
By: Lauren Rogers

The president and the director of the CIA spoke out Thursday about the controversy over Saddam Hussein and weapons of mass destruction he allegedly had prior to the Iraqi war.

After weeks of taking flack for alleged problems with pre-war intelligence, the director of the CIA defended his agency. The speech at Georgetown University marked the first time George Tenet has publicly addressed the controversy surrounding the intelligence community.

But President Bush continued his assertion that Saddam Hussein was a gathering danger.

Knowing what I knew then, and knowing what I know today, America did the right thing in Iraq," said the president.

The president's speech at the Port of Charleston in South Carolina was a strong defense of his administration's policy on Iraq and came at a time that democrats on Capitol Hill, as well as on the campaign trail, are calling into question the administration's veracity on the issue.

"There is still a need to create a truly independent commission, to look at the quality of intelligence and the use of intelligence," said Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle.

Meanwhile, the man who until just recently was charged with finding those illusive weapons is also talking.

David Kay said just because WMD's haven't been found, it does not mean they won't be.

While congressional leaders may have been led to believe Saddam Hussein posed an imminent threat to the security of the United States, a review of the president's public statements on the matter show Mr. Bush never spoke those words.


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