There is Such a Thing as ‘Too Late’

Ray McGovern works for Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in Washington, DC, and is co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. On Wednesday, he arrived home in Arlington, VA, after five days in Crawford, and shared these remarks with 300 neighbors at the close of a candlelight … Continue reading “There is Such a Thing as ‘Too Late’”

Preempting Cheney

Whatever plans Dick Cheney and his neoconservatives may have had to conjure up a nuclear threat from Iran as “justification” for military action have been sharply undercut by some timely leaks to the Washington Post. In a redux of President George W. Bush’s spin on the “grave and growing” danger from Iraq, Cheney protégé and … Continue reading “Preempting Cheney”

Plamegate: Dick Cheney’s Role

In yesterday’s essay, "Why Plame Matters," we suggested that the White House assault on the reputations of former ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife had much to do with "the particular lie that Wilson exposed," and we discussed the unusual role Vice President Dick Cheney played regarding the bogus "intelligence" about Iraq seeking to acquire … Continue reading “Plamegate: Dick Cheney’s Role”

Why Plame Matters

The significance of the Plame affair is not about former U.S. ambassador Joseph Wilson; or his wife, Valerie Plame; or Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby; or even President George W. Bush’s alter ego, Karl Rove. White House v. Wilsons is about Iraq, where our sons and daughters – and … Continue reading “Why Plame Matters”

Fixed Is Fixed

With last week’s hearings on the Downing Street memos concluded, much work lies ahead. Now, the information in the Downing Street memos needs to be collated carefully with evidence from the mainstream media, on the Internet, and from other sources regarding what was going on in top policymaking circles in Washington in the preparations for … Continue reading “Fixed Is Fixed”

The Secret’s Out – Now What?

Yesterday, London’s Sunday Times published the text of another SECRET UK EYES ONLY briefing document prepared for senior British officials. This one was dated July 21, 2002, two days before British intelligence chief Richard Dearlove gave Prime Minister Tony Blair and his top national security advisers a briefing based on discussions with American counterparts in … Continue reading “The Secret’s Out – Now What?”

Bolton Confirmation Would Shatter Intelligence Analysts’ Morale

Few have more at stake in the expected Senate approval of John Bolton to be U.S. representative at the UN than the remnant of demoralized intelligence analysts trained and still willing to speak truth to power. What would be the point in continuing, they ask, when – like so many other policymakers – Bolton reserves … Continue reading “Bolton Confirmation Would Shatter Intelligence Analysts’ Morale”

John Bolton’s Yellowcake

What role did John Bolton play in the Bush administration’s efforts to manufacture the intelligence needed to justify the invasion of Iraq? As it turns out, a hidden but important role. Remember the “yellowcake from Niger"? Briefly reported last week in Steve Clemons’ The Washington Note was that a Congressional subcommittee, citing a State Department … Continue reading “John Bolton’s Yellowcake”

Proof the Fix Was In

“Intelligence and facts are being fixed around the policy.” Never in our wildest dreams did we think we would see those words in black and white – and beneath a SECRET stamp, no less. For three years now, we in Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) have been saying that the CIA and its British … Continue reading “Proof the Fix Was In”