It is certainly true that the Iraq intelligence analysis was flawed. Unreliable human intelligence, dubious satellite imagery, and circumstantial evidence surrounding Iraqi behavior contributed to those flaws. But the fact is that the Administration had already made a political decision to go through with the operation. The narrative lays the operation’s failure at the feet of the intelligence community. But it is important to recognize the intelligence was an ex post justification for what was, first and foremost, a political calculation on the part of the George W. Bush Administration. The failure was in the politics, not the intelligence.

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