IT TOOK ONLY A FEW MINUTES for media outlets to disseminate headlines about how the recent Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report comparing pre-war intelligence claims against post-war findings was a refutation of the stated reasons for overthrowing Saddam Hussein. Focusing on the conclusions of the multi-section report, most news accounts walked down a checklist of the "lies" allegedly perpetrated by the Bush administration.
But the SSCI report is of limited use for anyone seriously attempting to understand what was--and was not--going on in pre-war Iraq.
Senate report, schmenate report. Facts and findings are not serious until we confer seriousness upon them.