Originally Posted by Derka
Exactly the same? Perhaps not.
More or less the same course? Absolutely. 9/11 happens regardless and Gore receives the same piss-poor intelligence that sends us to Iraq.
How old were you in 2002 and how closely did you pay attention to current affairs? The campaign to invade Iraq started well before there was any intelligence to support it. There was a specific manufactured public campaign to prepare for war with Iraq starting early in 2002. I remember at the time being baffled as to where this was coming from. You started op-eds about the threat of Saddam and why we needed to change the focus from Bin Laden. It never made sense to me at the time. There was absolutely nothing logical or natural about it. Now we realize there was a group that probably included Pres Bush himself for whom taking out Saddam was a long-standing goal that predates 9/11.
Invading Iraq was not a preset position for any president, hell it wasn't even a preset position for any Republican president. Plenty of Republican/right-leaning folks opposed it including the first President Bush, Colin Powell, General, Codoleeza Rice's mentor, Brent Scrowcroft. Gen Zinni who had endorsed Bush practically spent most of 2002 talking about why the Iraq War was a bad idea.
You need to read about how the Bush White House actually worked and how it routinely perverted the normal decision-making process. You need to read about how Rumsfled ran the Pentagon specifically guys like Douglas Feith and the Office of Special Plans The guys pushing for the Iraq war hated the CIA, because the CIA wasn't gving them enough bogus intel, that Feith started to cook up some on his own.
Congress famously asked Bush for the National Intelligence Estimate on Iraq,
so they could see why the administration was so hell-bent on invading Iraq. Well the probably was they never asked the intelligence community to write one. Their push for war existed BEFORE
the intelligence supported it. So they rushed an NIE in just a couple of weeks to build a case for war and it turned out to be junk (unless you carefully read the footnotes.)
The Federal Response in the months before 9/11 in questionable as well, because it was the main threat Clinton's team warned Bush's team against, but they again famously pretty much ignored Al Qaeda.