The Senate Intelligence Committee reported Thursday that the Bush administration took the nation to war in Iraq with a coordinated propaganda campaign by President Bush, Vice President Cheney and some of their most senior advisers. They exaggerated evidence of links between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda in the emotional aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. They used innuendo and implication, and they ignored significant dissent within the intelligence community, the select committee concluded in a 171-page report. As a member of the House of Representatives, Bernie Sanders voted against the congressional resolution that Bush used to take the country to war more than five years ago. The senator has long favored bringing American troops home as soon as possible.
"The president and his advisers undertook a relentless public campaign in the aftermath of the attacks to use the war against Al Qaeda as a justification for overthrowing Saddam Hussein," said Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, the committee chairman.
Another committee report detailed secret meetings between Pentagon officials and Iranian dissidents in Rome and Paris in 2001 and 2003. The separate report also issued on Thursday said Steven Hadley, now the White House national security advisor, and Paul Wolfowitz, the former deputy defense secretary, failed to properly inform the intelligence agencies and the State Department about the meetings.
To read the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report, click here.
To read the report on Pentagon covert operations, click here.