Sen. Pat Roberts said Wednesday he has seen no proof the Bush administration exaggerated intelligence about weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.That's why we want you to hold the goddamn hearings. You've been covering your eyes for years, and now you want your blinkers to be your defense?
“I haven’t seen any (evidence) at this particular time,” said Roberts, a Kansas Republican who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee. “I’m not ruling it out, but I have not seen any at this date.”
This isn't just a problem with Senator Roberts, of course. A lot of people don't want to believe on a deep, visceral level, that there was political manipulation of intelligence.
But read The Republican War on Science by Chris Mooney, and treat it as a book about a war on expertise. Think about how the same magnification of uncertainty, emphasis on fringe experts and pressure on legitimate experts could have been applied in the run-up to Iraq. Be dispassionate. Don't treat this as a partisan attack, but as an important inquiry into a vital question (vital = "life or death"): How do we decide to go to war?
That isn't partisan. It's politics, but the best kind, the kind where people in power look out for the good of the public.
So don't prejudge the result of the inquiry. That's advice to my readers and a plea to my Senator.