Bush Was Told Intel Had New Info In August And Just Found Out What It Was Last Tuesday
Think Progress has the video of today’s news conference, along with the timeline that shows how the administration was ramping up the war rhetoric just as intelligence agencies were putting together the report showing that Iran hasn’t moved forward on its nuclear weapons program since 2003. And National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley wouldn’t say specifically when the White House learned of the NIE’s findings, just that it was during “the last few months.”
It also appears that Hadley contradicts himself on the issue of whether he told the president to “stand down” until all the information was in.
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MR. HADLEY:…when the President was told that we had some additional information, he was basically told: stand down; needs to be evaluated; we’ll come to you and tell you what we think it means. So this was basically — as we said, this is information that came in the last few months, and the intelligence community spent a lot time to get on top of it…
Q The President — you said the President was told to stand down on that —
MR. HADLEY: No, I said just the opposite. I said the President was told, we have some information, we have some new information not to stand down — said, we have some new information; give us some time to analyze it, and we will come to you and tell you what we think it means.
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