Sham Dunk: Cooking Intelligence for the President

Credit: Olivier Coret

… on the 20th anniversary of the attack on Iraq.

The article below, written in early 2005, sums up how it all went down, with a look ahead to how things could get even worse – as they now have with intelligence on Ukraine. “Sham Dunk” in the title is a play on a sports expression used by former CIA Director George Tenet. When asked by President Bush how strong the evidence was on WMD in Iraq, Tenet bragged it was a “Slam Dunk!” – that is, it was sure as when a basketball player stuffs a ball in the net from above (More commentary in next post.)

Chapter 19 in “Neo-CONNED! Again: Hypocrisy, Lawlessness, and the Rape of Iraq”
By Ray McGovern
Light in the Darkness Publications, IHS press, 2005
Foreword by Joseph Cirincione; Introduction by Scott Ritter

Book Dedication:

Ad Deum Iusticiae (To the God of Justice)

To the thousands of Iraqi dead and wounded, to their families, and to the entire Nation at the cradle of civilization. And to the British and American widows and orphans whose dear ones have sacrificed on the altar of cynical statecraft.

And to Bush, Blair, Cheney, Perle, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and the rest of the ideologues and hypocrites who have orchestrated the unjust and unnecessary war in Iraq. We implore God to have mercy on their souls for the ocean of innocent blood they have spilled in pursuit of their ambitions.