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Who Needs Intelligence?

Reported by Judy - July 28, 2004 -

Fox and Friends today (July 28) returned to the Michael Moore-Bill O'Reilly debate that was broadcast last night. The two actually made it through a discussion without the king of talk-show mean cutting off Moore's mike.

Fox and Friends replayed a clip of the debate (8:25 a.m. EDT), one not particularly flattering to O'Reilly. The clip features Moore pressing O'Reilly to say whether he would send his own child to secure Fallujah. O'Reilly would not answer that, but said he would go himself (knowing full well he is too old to be eligible).

Fox and Friends used the clip to tear down "Fahrenheit 9/11," saying Moore's insistence that Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction was itself a lie. Co-host E.D. Hill insisted that "every single bi-partisan report has come up with that he (Bush) just had bad information."

Which brings up the question, why did Bush have to act on intelligence when there were U.N. inspectors in Iraq before the war started? Why couldn't he have waited for the inspectors' final report? Why rely on third-hand intelligence based on information from the 1990s when you could get an up-to-date analysis from people in the country visiting the sites?

Perhaps because the administration already had made up its mind to go to war in Iraq and did not want to be confused by the facts.