Selling the Iraq war: Experts knew the intel was faulty. Why didnâ€™t they blow the whistle?
As the country marks the tenth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, a nagging question lingers: Why didnâ€™t those in the U.S governmentâ€”who knew the truthâ€”speak out about the phony intelligence being used by the Bush White House to justify the invasion of Iraq? Yellowcake uranium from Africa? Aluminum tubes for a nuclear weapons program? Connections between al Qaeda and Saddam? Throughout the U.S. intelligence community, some officials knew that theseâ€“and other assertions used to make the case for warâ€“were based on the sketchiest of intelligence, wrong-headed assumptions and fraudulent claims. Yet those officials didnâ€™t go public, their doubts recorded only in dissents buried deep inside a classified National Intelligence Estimate that never saw the light of day. In these excerpts from interviews conducted for â€œHubris,â€ some of the principals explain why so many remained silent about issues that were so important.
Mark Rossini was a former FBI counter-terrorism agent assigned to the unit that specialized in al Qaeda. In 2001, he was detailed to the CIA Counter-Terrorism Center where he was tasked with analyzing a Czech intelligence report that 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta had met with an Iraqi intelligence officer in Pragueâ€“a meeting that Vice President Dick Cheney said on Meet the Press was â€œpretty well confirmed.â€ Rossini quickly helped debunk the report and, he says in Hubris, was aghast that Cheney was giving it credence. â€œIn hindsight, I do wish that me or somebody else did say, â€˜wait a second, this is totally wrong.â€™â€
Hubris: Selling the Iraq War
Hosted by: Rachel Maddow
Originally Aired: Frbruary 19, 2013
Re-Aired: March 22, 2013
Hosted by: Chris Hayes
Aired following Hubris' re-airing.
Both are XVID video w MP3 audio.