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September 25, 2018
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John Bolton, Politics and Iraq Intel
(KCRW) - At tomorrow's Senate Committee hearing, any one of four Republicans could derail John Bolton's nomination as Ambassador to the United Nations. At issue is not Bolton's outspoken criticism of the UN, but claims he retaliated against intelligence agents whose conclusions he didn't like. That's raised charges that Bolton was trying to manipulate their conclusions to justify policy decisions he'd already made. The broader issue of intelligence manipulation and the Iraq war arose in the last days of Tony Blair's re-election in Britain. In a secret memo leaked during the campaign, the Prime Minister's cabinet members say intelligence and facts were being fixed in Washington to justify the decision to invade Iraq. Which comes first, the intelligence or the policy? We hear from experts in national security and defense policy, a veteran CIA analyst and Reagan Administration Defense Department official.

A former CIA analyst who served for 27 years, Ray McGovern is co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, a group of former intelligence officers formed to speak out on the use of intelligence to justify the war. Frank Gaffney is President and Founder of the Center for Security Policy, a conservative national-security think-tank in Washington, DC. Gaffney served as Assistant Secretary of Defense during the Reagan Administration. Danielle Pletka is Vice President for Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. Joe Conason is political contributor to the New York Observer and and author of Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth. © Copyright 2018, KCRW