By Michael Isikoff

THE actual tale in the back of THE INVASION OF IRAQ

Now an MSNBC Documentary, hosted via Rachel Maddow

Filled with news-making revelations that made it a New York Times bestseller, Hubris takes us backstage on the White condominium, CIA, Pentagon, country division, and Congress to teach how George W. Bush got here to invade Iraq - and the way his management struggled with the devastating fallout.

Hubris connects the dots among Bush's expletive-laden outbursts at Saddam Hussein, the sour battles among the CIA and the White condominium, the fights in the intelligence group over Saddam's meant guns of mass destruction, the day out of an undercover CIA officer, and the Bush administration's deceptive revenues crusade for warfare. Written through veteran newshounds Michael Isikoff and David Corn, this can be an inside of examine how a president took the kingdom to battle utilizing defective and fraudulent intelligence. it is a dramatic page-turner and an interesting account of conspiracy, backstabbing, bureaucratic ineptitude, journalistic malfeasance, and conceitedness.

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We have been looking for something,” a CIA legitimate recalled. “We have been stimulated. We knew this was once very important. however it was once our activity to be skeptical. ” because the instances piled up, Valerie Wilson traveled out of the country less than assumed names to observe walk-in operations and different actions. contributors of the unit have been putting in place lengthy hours. however the effects have been troublesome. not one of the JTFI’s operations used to be producing facts that Saddam had organic or chemical guns or a revived nuclear guns application. Did the duty force’s loss of effects suggest it used to be now not doing its activity good enough—or quite, may possibly Saddam now not have the arsenal of unconventional guns so much CIA humans (and White residence officers) assumed he was once hiding? Valerie Wilson and different JTFI officials have been virtually too beaten to contemplate the chance that the small variety of operations they have been engaging in was once, in a fashion, arising with the suitable resolution: that there has been no intelligence to discover on Saddam’s present chemical and organic stockpiles and nuclear guns courses simply because they didn't exist. as a substitute, Valerie Wilson driven on, doing all she may perhaps to discover information—any information—on Saddam’s guns. In over a 12 months, she might develop into a family name—but now not for whatever she did to discover Iraq’s guns of mass destruction. there has been a profound disconnect among Valerie Wilson’s endeavors and people of her colleagues upstairs who have been briefing Cheney on Anabasis. The working premise of the officials of the Counterproliferation Division—and of the CIA as a whole—was that actual intelligence mattered. It was once the obligation of the CIA and the opposite intelligence organizations to procure fair details, despite the fact that they can, and to get it into the fingers of coverage makers. Spies, eavesdroppers, and analysts amassed and processed intelligence so senior executive officers, particularly the commander in leader, may possibly render the easiest judgements attainable. yet Bush, Cheney, and a handful of different senior officers already believed they'd adequate info to grasp what to do approximately Iraq. They nonetheless have been looking information regarding unconventional guns in Iraq, however it used to be for purposes except for comparing even if Iraq used to be a right away danger that will must be neutralized via an invasion. They have been drop-dead yes in their presumptions: Iraq used to be a hazard, Saddam needed to pass, and conflict was once your best option that might do so coverage target. they didn't want intelligence to arrive those conclusions—or to check them. Intelligence on Iraq’s guns programs—and Saddam’s ties to terrorists, together with al-Qaeda—certainly had its makes use of for Bush and his aides. it may, as Cheney, a former secretary of protection, knew, support battlefield commanders organize for the invasion. And simply as important—if now not more—it might support the Bush White condominium construct a case for struggle and whip up congressional and public aid for the path selected. Bush and his aides have been searching for intelligence to not consultant their coverage on Iraq yet to put it on the market. The intelligence stands out as the foundation now not for launching a battle yet for promoting it.

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