Saturday, May 26, 2007

Suddenly here am I, I'm flying

A children's Halloween Superman costume once came with this warning:
Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly.

GWBush's Iraq war came with this warning:
Two months before the invasion of Iraq, U.S. intelligence agencies twice warned the Bush administration that establishing a democracy there would prove difficult and that Al Qaeda would use political instability to increase its operations, according to a Senate report released Friday.

The report, issued by the Senate Intelligence Committee, brought to light once-classified warnings that accurately forecasted many of the military and political problems the Bush administration and Iraqi officials have faced since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003.

I guess no one took that seriously either.
The committee's ranking Republican, Sen. Christopher S. Bond of Missouri, criticized the report, saying that it highlighted only elements that seemed important in retrospect and that it distorted what was presented to policymakers in 2003.
Clearly not related to James Bond, 'Kit' Bond has a legitimate beef. In fact, here's one of the things the report got wrong:
One assessment disclosed in the Senate report missed the mark; it predicted that heightened terrorist threats worldwide stemming from the war would decline, after an initial spike, in three to five years after the invasion. That decline has not occurred, according to State Department officials who monitor such threats.