House Intelligence Committee Leader Agrees with Iraq Criticism

The head of the House Intelligence Committee says a former weapons inspector's harsh criticism of pre-war estimates on Iraq is a good thing.

Congressman Porter Goss tells The Associated Press that David Kay "has done some valuable work."

Kay has spoken out about the CIA's flawed pre-war estimates on Iraq's weapons capabilities. He headed up the weapons search in Iraq until he resigned Friday. He will testify at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing tomorrow about the hunt for weapons in Iraq.

Goss says he agrees with Kay that President Bush made the right decision to invade Iraq and oust Saddam. However, Goss, a former CIA and Army intelligence officer, says the intelligence that led to the invasion was faulty because intelligence agencies failed to penetrate the Iraqi leader's inner circle.

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