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July 22, 2010

New York Times Decides There's No Reason to Start Getting Iraq/WMD Story Right Now

New York Times unsigned editorial, today:

After four bosses in five years, the intelligence community needs sustained and credible leadership. James Clapper Jr., who was nominated by President Obama to succeed the ousted Dennis Blair as director of national intelligence, certainly seems up to the job.

There is no mention anywhere in the editorial of this, which appeared in the New York Times on October 29, 2003.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28— The director of a top American spy agency said Tuesday that he believed that material from Iraq's illicit weapons program had been transported into Syria and perhaps other countries as part of an effort by the Iraqis to disperse and destroy evidence immediately before the recent war.

The official, James R. Clapper Jr., a retired lieutenant general, said satellite imagery showing a heavy flow of traffic from Iraq into Syria, just before the American invasion in March, led him to believe that illicit weapons material ''unquestionably'' had been moved out of Iraq.

''I think people below the Saddam Hussein-and-his-sons level saw what was coming and decided the best thing to do was to destroy and disperse,'' General Clapper, who leads the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, said at a breakfast with reporters.

He said he was providing a personal assessment. But he said ''the obvious conclusion one draws'' was that there ''may have been people leaving the scene, fleeing Iraq, and unquestionably, I am sure, material.'' A spokesman for General Clapper's agency, David Burpee, said he could not provide further evidence to support the general's statement.

Of course, the New York Times really isn't in a position to throw stones at people with insane views about Iraq and WMD. If it's up to the job of being a newspaper, I guess Clapper's up to the job of running all U.S. intelligence.

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at July 22, 2010 07:28 AM

well, what the hell. the blind leading the stupid.

Posted by: Jesus B Ochoa at July 22, 2010 07:53 AM

MICFiC....Corporate media complex...use, abuse, and confuse the people....

See also Bernays, Propaganda; Bernays, Public Relations; Lippmann, Public Opinion; Chomsky and Herman, Manufacturing Consent.

Posted by: mistah charley, ph.d. at July 22, 2010 07:58 AM

Just another street sign on The Highway To Hell... (but it ain't a stop sign)

Posted by: Mike Meyer at July 22, 2010 01:23 PM