A leaked portion of the NIE report that supposedly reports that the Bush invasion of Iraq has actually fueled more terrorism was made public today at the request of President Bush whom has been getting criticism that he attributes to election year politics.
Many have criticised the leak including Bush himself saying that those opposed to the administration in the intelligence community had leaked only selective parts just to make Bush and the GOP look bad. Even with the 30 page report shortened to the 4 pages released today the main crux highlighted by the Bush detracters still holds a prominent part in the report.
“The Iraq conflict has become the ’cause celebre’ for jihadists, breeding a deep resentment of US involvement in the Muslim world and cultivating supporters for the global jihadist movement.”
And potentially even more damning for Bush and Co. was the announcement this morning by California House Democrat Jane Harman that a second report exists that exclusively deals with Iraq and contains an even more grim view of the situation.
“This morning at the National Press Club, Jane Harman did say that there is an [National Intelligence Estimate] on Iraq,” her spokesman, Ari Goldberg, confirmed. Golberg said he had not read the report, but believes it may be grim. Sources at the event say the document is not officially an NIE, although it was prepared by the National Intelligence Council, an community-wide intelligence body whose primary function is to prepare NIEs.
If in fact this report does exist how much do you want to bet it will never see the light of day, at least that is until after November.
UPDATE: White House Homeland Security Advisor Fran Townsend acknowledged the existence of the second report that deals exclusively with Iraq and as I had surmised he also reports that it will not be ready until January 2007…After the November elections, quite convenient don’t you think?