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This is the first time I've ever used the word "BREAKING" in one of these diaries.

By Andrew Gumbel in Los Angeles
Published: 02 March 2007

The United States appears to have made a major intelligence blunder over North Korea's nuclear weapons programme, one that may have exacerbated tensions with Pyongyang over the past four years and goaded Kim Jong-Il into pressing ahead with last October's live nuclear test, intelligence and Bush administration officials have said.

The blunder does not concern the plutonium-based bomb technology that North Korea used in its test and has clearly been developing for decades. Rather it concerns the assessment, in a Central Intelligence Agency report to Congress in November 2002, that North Korea was also pursuing a parallel uranium enrichment programme capable of providing the raw material for two or more nuclear weapons a year, starting "mid-decade".

That prompted the US to cut off oil supplies to Pyongyang, to which North Korea responded by throwing out international weapons inspectors and ratcheting up its plutonium bomb programme.

Please keep in mind that the CIA is part of the Executive Branch of our government.   Under the jurisdiction of the President.

Why should these bozos stay in power for one more day?

We'll be very lucky if they don't get us all killed.

UPDATE:  The Washington Post has the gall to cover for the Bush administration.  Check out this vomit-inducing editorial headline, and look at how the headline is completely different than the first paragraph of what is actually said.:

Another Intelligence Twist
The CIA may have overstated North Korea's uranium program. But Pyongyang still must answer for it.

ONCE AGAIN the Bush administration is being accused of exaggerating intelligence to justify an aggressive policy toward a rogue regime, with disastrous results. In October 2002 the State Department announced that North Korea had acknowledged secretly developing a uranium enrichment program. The next month the CIA reported to Congress that it had "recently learned that the North is constructing a plant that could produce enough weapons-grade uranium for two or more nuclear weapons per year when fully operational -- which could be as soon as mid-decade." On this basis the administration suspended a deal under which North Korea received fuel oil in exchange for freezing a separate program to produce plutonium. Pyongyang responded by restarting that program and producing enough plutonium for a number of nuclear weapons, one of which it tested last October.

The CIA may have "overstated", and Pyongyang still "must answer for it."  ....... Yet what really happened was "disastrous".

Thanks, WaPo, for the propagandistic headline.  Sheeeeesh ..... If you just skimmed the headlines you'd have NO IDEA.

Friday news dump!  Getchyer Friday news dump!

Originally posted to theyrereal on Fri Mar 02, 2007 at 03:15 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  tips or pans (9+ / 0-)

    or tell me it's already been posted and to delete.  :)

    •  Already posted yesterday (2+ / 0-)
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      Unduna, Major Danby

      However the story is an important one.

      I will say that to me, it appears to be a case pf blaming the intelligence community for the failures of the administration.

      "I just had the basic view of the American public -- it can't be that bad out there." Marine Travis Williams after 11 members of his squad were killed.

      by Steven D on Fri Mar 02, 2007 at 03:21:52 PM PST

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    •  My uncle worked in the state dept. (4+ / 0-)
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      bato, rapala, theyrereal, Wary

      since the Ford administration. He worked on anti-nuclear treaties all through the administrations of Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush sr., and Clinton. He was making real proggress with North Korea.... up untill Bush was appointed president. Prior to Bush taking office, he met the first liason Bush sent to speak on the issues, some underling of John Bolten. My uncle explained all the details of what was going on and the guy said (not literally) "Screw 'em, they'll do what we tell them to do."
      A half hour later, my uncle resigned. The first Bush protest resignation.

      Just when they think they know the answer, I change the question. -Roddy Piper

      by McGirk on Fri Mar 02, 2007 at 03:41:28 PM PST

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  •  Amazing (6+ / 0-)
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    emal, PeteZerria, rapala, Unduna, theyrereal, Wary

    it concerns the assessment, in a Central Intelligence Agency report to Congress in November 2002

    That wasn't the CIA opinion.  That was the doctored up CIA assessment that Cheney had put out to pump the Axis of Evil meme on Iraq.  In other words, it wasn't a CIA mistake, it was a vice-presidential lie.  Just like the yellowcake.

  •  For myself, (3+ / 0-)
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    PeteZerria, rapala, Wary

    I'd call it less a CIA blunder and more a vetting/State Department blunder.

    There's lots and lots of info that is going to come out of an intelligence organization. Isn't all of that info supposed to be put on the table, then vetted? And after getting vetted, and a call to action is deemed appropriate, shouldn't State step in first? You'd think, but then again some seem to think that unilateral and immediate punishment is best. Who needs State...

    Anyway, not a comment against the diary by any means; very much a comment in favor of letting the blame lie where it likely should. That's just my 2.

    "In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder, a secret order." Carl Jung

    by Unduna on Fri Mar 02, 2007 at 03:24:07 PM PST

    •  well we know who runs State (4+ / 0-)
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      grrr, annefrank, Unduna, Wary

      Miss "Shoes for sale? WHERE?" Condliar Rice.

      The "No one could have foreseen ..." Condi.  

      •  My sister advocated for a mass mailing (2+ / 0-)
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        theyrereal, chigh

        of shoes to Condi's office after Katrina. Thousands and thousands of shoes pouring into her office...  I thought it was a freakin' brilliant idea. Wish it had happened.

        The boys may live to regret having picked such a massive fight with the CIA on so many fronts. Libby is feeling it now, I hope they all feel it eventually. Here's to possible righteous behind-the-scenes action, and the smart die-hards who have stuck it out and may win the day. I can always hope...

        "In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder, a secret order." Carl Jung

        by Unduna on Fri Mar 02, 2007 at 03:44:57 PM PST

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  •  Exactly what I thought (1+ / 0-)
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    while reading this. Looks to me like this is just more "blame the CIA" B.S. while the Administration runs for cover.

    From Josh yesterday

    It's a screw-up that staggers the mind. And you don't even need to know this new information to know that. Even if the claims were and are true, it was always clear that the uranium program was far less advanced than the plutonium one, which would be ready to produce weapons soon after it was reopened. Now we learn the whole thing may have been a phantom. Like I said, it staggers the mind how badly this was bungled. In this decade there's been no stronger force for nuclear weapons proliferation than the dynamic duo of Dick Cheney and George W. Bush.

  •  Oh, It's the CIA's fault AGAIN? (4+ / 0-)

    No doubt we will discover over the next year or two that the CIA was telling the administration that it's DEAD SURE assertions about a secret uranium program in NK was not based on reliable info.

    But Bush HAD TO GET THAT NATIONAL MISSILE DEFENSE BUILT, which doesn't work if the enemy paints missiles with reflective paint.

    How many times do these clowns in the Bush Administration have to be WRONG about nuclear threats before we eject their asses out of office?

    •  On MS-NBC they were playing audio tapes (1+ / 0-)
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      of Richard Armitage, recorded by Bob Woodward. A few weeks ago, related to the Libby trial.

      The audio was Armitage telling Woodward that the CIA tried to warn BushCo that the Niger-Uranium info was bad, but BushCo wanted to use it anyway. Then they showed clips of Ari Fleicher and Scotti Boi both saying after the famous 2003 SOTU something to the effect "If the CIA had warned us about the bad info, we definitely would have pulled it from the speech"

      Lying fuckers. And Armitage's own words were broadcast on FUCKING AUDIO TAPES!!

      Coming to an impeachment thread near you: "But we don't have any smoking gun evidence, like the Nixon tapes". Bullshit, there's tons of evidence, but the Dems just keep passing up the silver platters. If I had a silver platter for all the silver platters that the Dems passed up, I could afford to pay Bill Gates enough to eat my shit.

      Who is representing the 100% who were lied into war?

      by bejammin075 on Fri Mar 02, 2007 at 06:45:17 PM PST

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  •  How can (0+ / 0-)

    these people fuck up so Goddamn much?  It's just beyond comprehension.

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