Former CIA official Tyler Drumheller tells Ed Bradley the White House used intelligence it liked and ignored intelligence it didn’t leading up to the Iraq war.
The CIA’s former top covert official in Europe tells “60 Minutes” the White House turned a blind eye to evidence that Saddam Hussein did not have WMDs: “The idea of going after Iraq was U.S. policy. It was going to happen one way or the other.” Watch it.
(CBS) When no weapons of mass destruction surfaced in Iraq, President Bush insisted that all those WMD claims before the war were the result of faulty intelligence. But a former top CIA official, Tyler Drumheller—a 26-year veteran of the agency—has decided to do something CIA officials at his level almost never do: Speak out.
He tells correspondent Ed Bradley the real failure was not in the intelligence community but in the White House. He says he saw how the Bush administration, time and again, welcomed intelligence that fit the president’s determination to go to war and turned a blind eye to intelligence that did not.