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Commission Says US Pre-War Intelligence Completely Wrong

31 March 2005

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George W. Bush
A presidential commission says U.S. intelligence agencies were completely wrong in most of their pre-war judgments about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.

The commission report being released Thursday makes scores of recommendations for improving the U.S. intelligence community's performance.

Proposals include creation of a separate national counter-proliferation center to fight the spread of chemical, nuclear, and biological weapons.

The report blames the failures in Iraq on an inability to collect good information, errors in analysis, and a failure to make clear how much of that analysis was based on assumptions rather than evidence.

It also says U.S. intelligence still knows "disturbingly little" about the nuclear programs of what it calls the world's most dangerous countries.President Bush is due to make a statement on the report after meeting with the commission today.