Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
American intelligence agencies confidently assured us that Saddam Hussein was acquiring weapons of mass destruction to attack the United States. That was false. A Republican Presidency was hobbled by claims that “Bush lied, people died.”
American intelligence agencies confidently assured us that Candidate Trump was working with Russia to steal the election from Hillary. That was false. A Republican Presidency has been hobbled by an investigation into collusion.
These are not trivial errors. Either American intelligence agencies are so incompetent we shouldn’t believe a word they say; or they’re so thoroughly politicized we shouldn’t believe a word they say. Both possibilities should be deeply troubling to every American. We need a deep, searching, thorough investigation to determine which one it is.
It’s not just intelligence, either. How can you have a self-governing society when you don’t trust the institutions that enforce the laws, adjudicate disputes, or – in the case of the media – ostensibly hold government accountable?
You really can’t.
And I think that’s intentional.