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Opening The Files: 4/24/06

The beating of the Drum(heller)

Some intriguing (though by now well believed) revelations came to light on Sunday's 60 Minutes. Tyler Drumheller, a retired CIA officer in charge of covert operations in the months before the Iraq war, claims that the Bush administration ignored intel that showed that Saddam did not possess WMDs. Among other things, Drumheller says that "The policy was set. The war in Iraq was coming and they were looking for intelligence to fit into the policy, to justify the policy." BradBlog has the full segment here.

"Intelligence to fit into the policy". Now why does that sound so familar?

Jane wonders if the country is catching on and when the Swiftboating of Drumheller will begin.

Josh talked to Drumheller personally to find out why his remarks didn't seem to make it into those reports by the commissions set up to investigate pre-war intelligence failures. He even did a follow-up to clarify who Drumheller spoke to from those commissions.

Hilzoy has five points to make about what these revelations tell us about the Bush administration.

Don't blame me, I'm just the messenger

President Bush explained to a business group in Irvine, CA. what his foreign policy decisions are based on: The Almighty.

Crooks & Liars has video of "The Televangelist".

Joe had it right when he said Bush gets more frightening by the day.

TruthDig says that statements like these lend credence to Kevin Philips warning of an "American Theocracy".

Going down, down, down...

This week saw Bush's approval rating sink to an all new low of 32%.

John (via Joe) suggests an idea should Bush break the 30% barrier: pop the cork on some bubbly!

Billmon relates Bush's numbers with prices at the pump and warnings for the potential of an Isaac Asimov tale turned reality.

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