On “New Day,” Thursday, Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld says that getting it wrong in Iraq could be part of the obstacle to getting support for taking action in Syria.
When CNN’s Chris Cuomo asks if the legacy leftover from invading Iraq, where people believe intelligence was manipulated, creates suspicion over the proof the U.S. now presents of the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons, Rumsfeld replies that people who believe that about Iraq are “on the fringe” and defends the invasion.
On people thinking intelligence on Iraq was manipulated, Rumsfeld answers, “I think not. In fact, I have not heard people say that, responsibly. And if you’ll recall, Congress looked at the same intelligence and came to the same conclusions and there were… prominent Democrats who enthusiastically supported it. President Clinton had signed a resolution supporting regime change in Iraq. And the United Nations had 17 resolutions against Saddam Hussein. I think that there may be people on the fringe who say the kind of thing that you’re saying, but I don’t think anyone responsible has said anything like that.
On mistakes in Iraq providing an obstacle to getting involved in Syria, Rumsfeld says,
“I suppose it’s part of the problem. If intelligence were a fact it would be called a fact, and not intelligence. And I think when Colin Powell went before the United Nations with George Tenet, the Director of Intelligence, and talked about the intelligence they had in great detail and then it turned out that stockpiles were not found – that people were cautious and began to recognize that intelligence is intelligence and not necessarily a fact.”
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