Friday, Mar. 19, 2010

March 2005
Intelligence Failure

"The intelligence community was dead wrong in almost all of its prewar judgments."

—From the findings of the Silbermann-Robb commission

Co-chaired by retired federal judge Laurence Silberman and retired U.S. Senator Charles Robb, the nine-member commission appointed by President Bush to analyze the U.S. intelligence failures (especially concerning Iraq's non-existent WMD) in the lead-up to the war, issues its findings at the end of March. Among its most damning conclusions: "Not one bit of (the prewar intelligence) could be confirmed when the war was over." The commission also warns that the CIA and other intelligence agencies could have difficulties effectively gauging the threats posed by countries like Iran and North Korea.