I mean, we known that Dubya wanted to invade Iraq directly after 9/11 ("Iraq, Saddam, find the connection."). We know the administration launched a campaign of fear tactics meant to link Al Qaeda, 9/11, and Iraq in the public mind... What strikes me in this article is the level of apparent data-mining that took place. The day after 9/11, Paul Wolfowitz authorizes the creation of the Office of Special Plans, which Rumsfeld says was created to "search for information on Iraq's hostile intentions or links to terrorists". The CIA couldn't give data that justified war. The OPS was created solely to stovepipe bad, faulty, unsubstantiated "evidence" directly to top administration officials, including the president. I don't buy this "we were given bad evidence" excuse-- they were streamlining the filtering process so they could hear what they wanted to hear! The OSP and its rank-and-file neocon members, which included Elliot Cohen, Newt Gingrich, David Jeremiah, Kenneth Adelman, and James Woolsey, and Richard Perle, searched for information that "fit" pre-existing ideaolgy-driven assumptions about Iraq and its "intentions". Now, however, since their information came from the CIA and the DIA, they can stand aside and let the blame fall on the intelligence agencies. The fact remains now that these agencies provided only tepid threat assesments of Iraq, but when you ONLY review the information you want to see, you're going to come to the same conclusion every time! I sure hope we're able to quell this insurgency soon and get a stable government up and running and get our boys home out of harms way, but man oh man do we know who is to blame... it was the people cooking information and giving Colin Powell shotty, data-mined information.