On June 29, 2005, the Bush Administration took action to implement the WMD Commission’s recommendations. The WMD Commission was formed pursuant to Executive Order 13328 in order to address the myriad “intelligence failures” the Bush Administration claims resulted in the misdiagnosis of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program, or better yet, its apparent lack of a WMD program.
The commission came back with 68 recommendations. Of those 68 recommendatons, the Bush Administration agreed to follow 65.
Funny thing, though, as it relates to the very last recommendation (see the bottom of this page), the Bush Administration held that “further study” was needed.
The final recommendation reads:
“The Director of National Intelligence should hold accountable the organizations that contributed to the flawed assessments of Iraq’s WMD programs.”
Why would the White House need “further study” in order to determine whether it is sound policy to “hold accountable those organizations that contributed to the flawed assessments of Iraq’s WMD programs”?
And more importantly, where is the White House’s “further study?” It’s been nearly six months! Surely it should have concluded its own in-house investigation by now, n’est-ce pas?
Is it possible that the White House doesn’t want to execute the last recommendation because it would mean that Bush Administration “friends and family” would be held accountable?
Is it possible that the White House doesn’t want to execute the last recommendation because it would also mean holding itself accountable?
Ah hah! BINGO!
Something tells me that this administration will need a lot more time to “study” recommendation #13.17. Perhaps, three more years?
Obviously, the adminstration is stalling. We need to press Bush and his staff to conclude their “further study” on the final WMD commission recommendation.