INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER MICHAEL ISIKOFF, CO-AUTHOR OF HUBRIS, ON THE SELLING OF THE IRAQ WAR12/12/06
OUR FIRST GUEST, MICHAEL ISIKOFF, IS CO-AUTHOR OF Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War. His co-author is David Corn of The Nation. Hubris describes the build-up to the Iraq War and details the manipulation of intelligence and the failure of Congressional leaders and the media. The book also reveals Richard Armitage's central role in leaking Valerie Plameâ€™s name to reportersâ€¦ In this interview he discussed how his book is a systematic look at how the Bush administration made the case for war. Isikoff says that the administration painted a "false reality" to the American public about Saddam's capabilities. He went on to say that information which contradicted the claim that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction was "supressed and concealed". He says the National Intelligence Estimate making the case for invasion also included dissenting opinions, which if read, would undermine the case for war, but that few members of Congress read the entire NIE. The Newsweek investigative reporter also describes how torture was used to elicit faulty information from an Al Quaeda commander. Isikoff will give a free talk tomorrow (December 13th) at Inkwood Books in Tampa at 7PM.