People Should Have Been Fired: ""Intelligence reform without accountability will not achieve the objective we all share -- that is avoiding the clearly avoidable tragedy of Sept. 11 and the equally avoidable tragedy of a botched assessment of Iraq's (weapons of mass destruction) capabilities," Dr. David Kay told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence." .. He said that the most frustrating moment of his failed hunt for stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq was when he learned that the nuclear analysts were to get larger performance bonuses than the chemical-biological analysts, even though the nuclear conclusion -- that Iraq had reconstituted its atomic weapons program -- had turned out to be even more drastically wrong.
Kay said that the record of the nuclear analysis was one of "abuse of authority, a failure to use expertise." "There is nothing in that record that ... deserves a performance bonus. Nor in fact, quite frankly, was there much that deserved a performance bonus in the chemical and biological area. "Instead of holding people responsible," he concluded, "we reward them for failure."
Former Iraq Arms Inspector Faults Prewar Intelligence: In uncharacteristically caustic remarks about his former colleagues,.. Dr. Kay suggested that the president had come to depend too heavily on information supplied by Ms. Rice, Mr. Bush's national security adviser, and that the president needed to reach out to others for national security information.
"Every president who has been successful, at least that I know of, in the history of this republic, has developed both informal and formal means of getting checks on whether people who tell him things are in fact telling him the whole truth," Dr. Kay told the Senate intelligence committee at a hearing called to discuss the findings of the Sept. 11 commission.
"I think this is particularly crucial and difficult to do in the intelligence area,'' he continued. "The recent history has been a reliance on the N.S.C. system to do it. I quite frankly think that has not served this president very well." Dr. Kay added: "The dog that did not bark in the case of Iraq's W.M.D. weapons program, quite frankly, in my view, is the National Security Council." ..
"Where was the National Security Council when, apparently, the president expressed his own doubt about the adequacy of the case concerning Iraq's W.M.D. weapons that was made before him?" Dr. Kay asked.
"Why was the secretary of state sent to the C.I.A. to personally vet the data that he was to take the Security Council in New York, and ultimately left to hang in the wind for data that was misleading and, in some cases, absolutely false and known by parts of the intelligence community to be false?" he continued. "Where was the N.S.C. then?" 11:34:27 PM
Quite a gap (in Ohio at least)
: "In a survey last week by the University of Cincinnati's Ohio Poll, Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) led Bush among likely voters 48 to 46 percent, with independent Ralph Nader garnering 1 percent. A Gallup poll in Ohio also showed a two-point spread favoring Kerry, but when the pool of respondents was expanded to include all registered voters, not just people who voted last time, Kerry was ahead by 10 points. " 10:37:20 PM
More on the Kerry Iraq vote:
The comments to this entry have a good suggestion: "
To win the political argument with the American people, Kerry must talk to them in simple, everyday terms using an example: “When my children became teenagers of driving age, they understood clearly that when I authorized them to use the family vehicle, I was not condoning ignoring the rules of the road, mistreating other drivers, or other kinds of counterproductive and dangerous behavior. Similarly, when those of us in the Senate authorized the President to go to war if the nation needed to do so as a last resort, we were not authorizing him to shut down the inspections process, ignore the sound advice of our allies, rush to war with too few troops, and fail to plan for securing the peace.
Just as my son or daughter would have been responsible for a failure to obey the rules of the road in a family vehicle, and reponsible for any consequences as well, the president is responsible for abusing the authorization given to him by Congress. Those in Congress like myself who, rather than undermine the president with a no vote and potentially tie his hands, gave him the authorization to go to war are not responsible for the President’s mistakes. He alone is responsible.”" 10:13:59 PM