Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s bipartisan Phase II reports on pre-Iraq war intelligence, which concluded that Bush Administration statements often misrepresented intelligence and overstated the threat from Iraq:
“Today’s bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee report is a rigorous analysis that confirms the Bush Administration engaged in a misleading marketing campaign to rush the country to war. As we have seen in the ensuing six years, this coordinated propaganda campaign is among a series of profound misjudgments by the Bush administration and its Republican enablers, who have collected a long and shameful track record of mismanagement that has gravely damaged U.S. national security.
“I applaud Chairman Rockefeller for completing an investigation that his Republican predecessors did everything in their power to stonewall, delay and undermine. This disturbing report is a reminder of why it is so important that this country has new leadership, a new strategic direction, and a new foreign policy that strengthens America instead of deceiving Americans.”