0620 US intelligence failure in Iraq

0620 US intelligence failure in Iraq - INTL 3200 June 20,...

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US intelligence failure on the existence of the WMD in Iraq INTL 3200 June 20, 2011
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SUMMARY OF CLAIMS ON Iraqi WMD 1. Aluminum tubes -Centrifuge for nuclear program (by NGIC) -Disagreement that it is better for conventional Rockets (DOE and INR) -CIA tests supported this DOE assessment but refused to accept their own results. 2. Uranium ore - Iraq and Niger had signed an agreement for the sale of 500 tons of uranium . -INR issued an alert questioning the authenticity of the contracts, the CIA continued to use the false documents . -Wilson’s report . Wilson contacted state, not CIA to correct the error. (Leak gate-Libby) -President Bush alluded to it in his state of the Union address as if the transaction had taken place. -IAEA finally confirmed that the document was a forged one – never authenticated - Flaws in the letterhead, forged signatures, misspelled words and other indicators. 3. UAVs
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Key government goals, identified threats, and a logical justification for the decisions US goal is national security: It assumed the worst case (security dilemma) Any other alternatives? US view and decision Pessimistic & Invasion Optimistic & No invasion Presence of WMD in Iraq There is WMD in Iraq A. Elimination of
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This note was uploaded on 10/04/2011 for the course INTL 3200 taught by Professor Wilson during the Summer '08 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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