Thursday, October 20, 2016

A Newfound Respect for Intelligence Consensus

I find it amusing that Hillary Clinton belittled Trump for refusing to believe the American intelligence agencies who think Russia is behind the hacking of Democratic email systems.

Not that I doubt the Russians are involved up to their hips, contrary to Trump's disbelief of what Hillary said:

"We have 17 intelligence agencies, civilian and military, who have all concluded that these espionage attacks, these cyberattacks, come from the highest levels of the Kremlin, and they are designed to influence our election," Clinton said. "I find that deeply disturbing."

But I recall when our intelligence agencies said it was a "slam dunk" that Iraq had chemical weapons ready to go prior to the 2003 Iraq War (as did the agencies of our allies), yet when we did not find recently manufactured chemical weapons after we defeated the Saddam regime (which was horrible on many non-WMD levels, too), Democrats slammed President Bush for believing that intelligence even though Democrats believed Saddam was a WMD threat, too:

Deeply disturbing, indeed.