So Much For The WMD

America's top weapons sleuth says the intelligence on Iraq's arms was all wrong. TIME reports on how the CIA blew it

CIA Chief George Tenet was certain David Kay was the best bloodhound to set loose in Iraq last summer to sniff for weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Tenet reasoned that if anyone could find the stockpiles of nuclear, chemical and biological arms on which the Bush Administration had predicated its unprecedented, pre-emptive attack on Saddam Hussein's regime, it was Kay. The Texan had spent 20 years as an international weapons inspector, with several tours in Iraq. Hard-nosed and fiercely independent, Kay, 63, had a vast network of friends at the Pentagon and the CIA--and among Iraqis in Baghdad. A political conservative,...

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