The Rove Factor? / The Plame Game?

It is certainly clear that all of the reasons that Bush gave for the war in Iraq were false.  Clearly there were no WMD’s, nor programs, nor plans for programs in Iraq in 2003.  There CLEARLY were WMD’s, and programs, and plans for more programs in ‘97 when Clinton was in office.  Regardless, Iraq has never been a threat to the US.  Iraq was a threat to Saudia Arabia, Israel, and our “allies” in that area of the world. We know that the administrations isn’t serious about capturing Osama bin Laden because if it were we’d have invaded Pakistan, instead of Iraq, in 2003.  The continuous deceit worries me.  Click the link to read the entire entry.  I’ve only posted excerpts.

Fixing the Facts and Intelligence Around the Policy
Talking Points Memo is Pursuing a New Aspect of the Story

How do the facts and intelligence get fixed around the policy, as the highest ranking British government officials have alleged the Bush Administration was doing to justify the Iraq war?

One way would be by having the Vice President hover over the shoulders of intelligence analysts. This paragraph caught my eye from a 2003 Washington Post article. Notice how close the wording of the last sentence is to the language in the Downing Street Minutes:

“Vice President Cheney and his most senior aide made multiple trips to the CIA over the past year to question analysts studying Iraq’s weapons programs and alleged links to al Qaeda, creating an environment in which some analysts felt they were being pressured to make their assessments fit with the Bush administration’s policy objectives, according to senior intelligence officials.”

You could also pressure your top anti-terrorism expert to cook the books. This from 60 Minutes’ Lesley Stahl:

“After the president returned to the White House on Sept. 11, he and his top advisers, including Clarke, began holding meetings about how to respond and retaliate. As Clarke writes in his book, he expected the administration to focus its military response on Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda. He says he was surprised that the talk quickly turned to Iraq.

Clarke then tells Stahl of being pressured by Mr. Bush.

‘The president dragged me into a room with a couple of other people, shut the door, and said, ‘I want you to find whether Iraq did this.’ Now he never said, ‘Make it up.’ But the entire conversation left me in absolutely no doubt that George Bush wanted me to come back with a report that said Iraq did this.

‘I said, ‘Mr. President. We’ve done this before. We have been looking at this. We looked at it with an open mind. There’s no connection.’

‘He came back at me and said, ‘Iraq! Saddam! Find out if there’s a connection.’ And in a very intimidating way. I mean that we should come back with that answer. We wrote a report.’”

But, when all else fails, and you lack that “smoking gun” that could turn into a “mushroom cloud,” maybe you just start making stuff up. I am sure many of you follow Josh Marshall’s Talking Points Memo blog. Over the last year or so, Mr. Marshall has been asking a question that seems so obviously interesting, one has to wonder why he seems to be one of the only journalists asking it.

We are all now familiar with the President’s false statement in his 2003 State of the Union address that Iraq was seeking to buy Uranium from Niger. I trust that all of my readers know that, prior to this address, former Ambassador Joe Wilson was sent to Niger by the Central Intelligence Agency to investigate these claims and the documents purporting to offer support for this allegation. He reported back that he had found no basis for the claims. Shocked that the allegation had found its way into the most important speech a President can give, a speech that constitutes a President’s assessment to Congress about the stability and security of the United States, Wilson went public about the falsity of the allegation. 

Posted by SPN on 07/09 at 01:05 PM in Politics

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