John Bolton, Politics and Iraq Intel

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At tomorrow's Senate Committee hearing, any one of four Republicans could derail John Bolton-s nomination as Ambassador to the United Nations. At issue is not Bolton-s outspoken criticism of the UN, but claims he retaliated against intelligence agents whose conclusions he didn-t like. That-s raised charges that Bolton was trying to manipulate their conclusions to justify policy decisions he'd already made. The broader issue of intelligence manipulation and the Iraq war arose in the last days of Tony Blair-s re-election in Britain. In a secret memo leaked during the campaign, the Prime Minister's cabinet members say -intelligence and facts were being fixed- in Washington to justify the decision to invade Iraq. Which comes first, the intelligence or the policy? We hear from experts in national security and defense policy, a veteran CIA analyst and Reagan Administration Defense Department official.
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Monitor article about US attempts to find patterns, stem Iraqi insurgency

UN Ambassador-designate John Bolton

Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States

Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings on John Bolton

Time of London article on Bolton



Warren Olney