I am a history studen who examines the decisionmaking process by which the U.S. has historically gone to war. My latest work revolves around the Bush administration's skewing of intelligence to take the nation to war. Slowly but surely, investigative reporter Murray Waas has been putting together a compelling narrative about how President Bush and his top aides contrived their bogus case for war in Iraq.
What emerges in Waas's stories is a consistent White House modus operandi: That time and time again, Bush and his aides have selectively leaked or declassified secret intelligence findings that served their political agenda.
The latest entry in Waas's saga came yesterday. Murray Waas writes: "Karl Rove, cautioned other White House aides that Bush's 2004 re-election prospects would be harmed if disclosed that was warned that a key rationale for going to war had been challenged within the administration."