Thursday, September 28, 2006

PlameOut: An Emily Litella Moment

"Mr. Wilson diverted responsibility from himself and his false charges by claiming that President Bush's closest aides had engaged in an illegal conspiracy. It's unfortunate that so many people took him seriously."

The reports that Wilson is a "liar" are still misguided. The YellowCake incident and subsequent findings shows that there was no Iraq program to buy Uranium (even the British found the forged documents after the Butler Report). Wilson’s original claims of "I have little choice but to conclude that some of the intelligence related to Iraq's nuclear weapons program was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi threat." are most likely still accurate. President Bush in fact used a small portion of this “spin” in his 2003 SOTU speech.

Further, George Tenet never circulated the report to the President, but classified it as a routine intelligence report because [the report] "was sent in a routine intelligence paper that had wide circulation in the White House and the rest of the intelligence community but had little impact because it supported other, earlier refutations of the Niger intelligence". Lets keep in mind Tenet himself urged the President not use this information in the speech.

Wilson did make many allegations about the insider information coming from the White House. Since Armitage was outed, where exactly are these claims now? Even Libby is known to have been a "weasel" in this case, and lied under oath. Karl Rove is still a "thug" for the Presidency. I am not sure what has changed. His wife is still out of a job.

To suggest that Wilson is to blame for his wife’s secret job status, because of his report to the White House, is ridiculous. Of all the problems with this whole “PlameGate” business, this is of the least notice.

“From a WaPo editorial that should be framed and hung in the Newseum for posterity”, is yet another piece of hot air from Michelle. Get real, do research, report facts.

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