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Cherry-Picking Defined

The Washington Post has decided that, as a matter of fact, the Bush administration “cherry-picked” intelligence to justify a war with Saddam:

I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s case will put on display the secret strategizing of an administration that cherry-picked information to justify war in Iraq and reporters who traded freely in gossip and protected their own interests as they worked on one of the big Washington stories of 2003.

Cherry-picking: Given a preponderance of intelligence suggesting that a hostile and unstable dictator has weapons of mass destruction and a few scattered reports suggesting otherwise, deciding not to give the madman the benefit of the doubt.