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The problem was in the Oval Office

IN YOUR July 10 editorial "Suspect Intelligence," you express what we all hope for but what I believe is highly unlikely given the mind-set of the current administration. I agree that if the Senate Intelligence Committee's assessment of prewar intelligence errors lead to the right changes, this would be beneficial. But I think this is wishful thinking and too narrow a focus. The answer to the shortcomings of our so-called intelligence apparatus is not simply a matter of prewar intelligence errors by the CIA but by pervasive group-think in the Oval Office. Looking beyond pre-9/11 failures, we should turn our attention to the tragedy of the war on Iraq, the direct result of propagandistic posturing by President Bush's incessant phony threat reporting. I call this warmongering. Bush misused available intelligence information to further his own shortsighted political ambitions. Shame on him.

The aim of improving the intelligence agency should be to better identity and defuse gathering threats and thus enhance our national security.

Let's not begin with the CIA. It's important, of course, but let's begin where it really counts -- with Bush's incompetence and his reckless foreign policies. Let's stop looking for reform in all the wrong places.


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