U.S. intelligence analysts predicted in two papers widely circulated before the 2003 Iraq invasion that al Qaeda would see U.S. military action as an opportunity to increase its operations and that Iran would try to shape the post-Saddam era. The top analysts in government also said that establishing a stable democracy in Iraq would be a long, turbulent challenge.Three predictions which came true.
As I wrote over a year ago, it wasn't our intel that was bad, but rather the politicizing, distorting, corrupting, and outright ignoring of it by higher-ups in the administration. High crimes occurred in high places.
In the story, Bush is quoted as saying, "Going into Iraq, we were warned about a lot of things, some of which happened, some of which didn't happen."
Here are a few things that didn't happen:
I'm sure I've neglected to list several more.
Iraqis greeting us with flowers. Iraqi oil would pay for the war. The war would cost under $50 billion. A thriving Iraqi democracy. A unified Iraq (jury out). Insurgency was in "final throes." Found WMD. Keep Iraq Al Qaeda-free. Find Iraqi connection to 9/11.
Happy Memorial Day weekend!