Friday, September 08, 2006

Recommended Nonfiction Reading

For those disinclined to waste time on ABC's fictional docudrama, "The Path to 9/11," may I suggest some nonfiction reading. The Senate Intelligence Committee today released two reports on the inteligence failures leading up to the war in Iraq:
"Postwar Findings about Iraq's WMD Programs and Links to Terrorism and How they Compare with Prewar Assessments"
and
"The Use by the Intelligence Community of Information Provided by the Iraqi National Congress."
Reuters has this preview of the first report:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein provided no material support for al Qaeda and had no relationship with al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi, despite claims by administration officials including President George W. Bush, said a Senate report released on Friday.
The report by the Senate Intelligence Committee, drawing on a previously undisclosed 2005 CIA assessment, was released as Americans prepared to mark the fifth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States by al Qaeda.
The two reports runs 151 pages and 211 pages respectively, which make them just long enough to fill six hours I might otherwise have wasted in front of the boob tube. I'll have more on these long-awaited reports in the next few days.

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