A plate of bull and a side of yellowcake, please…
Those of us who had faith in the Bush administration knew these days would arrive. Some of us were more anxious than others. As we’ve seen the hatred of Bush and the continuous slander grow exponentially over the last three and a half years by a very vocal extreme Left minority, those of us who knew better tried to maintain sanity. Knowing that there is a large contingent of uninformed electorate sitting out there being inundated daily with the propaganda, it’s hard not to worry. Eventually, one thinks, the massive influx of vitriol and lies will so muddy the water that the truth can’t be clearly seen, though it remains right in front of our faces just beneath the surface.
Such is the story of Joe Wilson. Remember the guy who came out last year as the hero of the Left to state that not only had he single-handedly debunked a key piece of evidence of the Bush administration’s justification for aggressively pressuring action on Iraq, but that his wife had been outed as a covert CIA agent by some Bush administration official as payback for his “bombshell”.
It seems now that Joe Wilson was only seeking his 15 minutes of fame, and thanks to the rabid attack dogs on the Left so anxious to lynch anyone with the name “Bush”, he got it. The trouble for him and the Left, now, is the fact that it was all bulls–t. Totally and completely crap.
Wilson last year launched a public firestorm with his accusations that the administration had manipulated intelligence to build a case for war. He has said that his trip to Niger should have laid to rest any notion that Iraq sought uranium there and has said his findings were ignored by the White House. Wilson’s assertions — both about what he found in Niger and what the Bush administration did with the information — were undermined yesterday in a bipartisan Senate intelligence committee report. source
The panel found that Wilson’s report, rather than debunking intelligence about purported uranium sales to Iraq, as he has said, bolstered the case for most intelligence analysts. And contrary to Wilson’s assertions and even the government’s previous statements, the CIA did not tell the White House it had qualms about the reliability of the Africa intelligence that made its way into 16 fateful words in President Bush’s January 2003 State of the Union address.
Ya don’t say. Well there goes part one. But what about the retaliatory outing of his wife…. that was true, right?
The report turns a harsh spotlight on what Wilson has said about his role in gathering prewar intelligence, most pointedly by asserting that his wife, CIA employee Valerie Plame, recommended him.
Plame’s role could be significant in an ongoing investigation into whether a crime was committed when her name and employment were disclosed to reporters last summer.
Administration officials told columnist Robert D. Novak then that Wilson, a partisan critic of Bush’s foreign policy, was sent to Niger at the suggestion of Plame, who worked in the nonproliferation unit at CIA. The disclosure of Plame’s identity, which was classified, led to an investigation into who leaked her name.
The report may bolster the rationale that administration officials provided the information not to intentionally expose an undercover CIA employee, but to call into question Wilson’s bona fides as an investigator into trafficking of weapons of mass destruction. To charge anyone with a crime, prosecutors need evidence that exposure of a covert officer was intentional.
Oh, so close, yet so far away.
So let’s see that again, in slow motion….
The report states that a CIA official told the Senate committee that Plame “offered up” Wilson’s name for the Niger trip,then on Feb. 12, 2002, sent a memo to a deputy chief in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations saying her husband “has good relations with both the PM [prime minister] and the former Minister of Mines (not to mention lots of French contacts), both of whom could possibly shed light on this sort of activity.” The next day, the operations official cabled an overseas officer seeking concurrence with the idea of sending Wilson, the report said.
Wilson has asserted that his wife was not involved in the decision to send him to Niger.
So we can either believe his word, or a written memo from his wife…. hmmmm, what a tough choice.
The committee found Wilson had made an earlier trip to Niger in 1999 for the CIA, also at his wife’s suggestion.
Oops, maybe not.
Now back to our story….
The report also said Wilson provided misleading information to The Washington Post last June. He said then that he concluded the Niger intelligence was based on documents that had clearly been forged because “the dates were wrong and the names were wrong.” HOWEVER….”Committee staff asked how the former ambassador could have come to the conclusion that the ‘dates were wrong and the names were wrong’ when he had never seen the CIA reports and had no knowledge of what names and dates were in the reports,” the Senate panel said.
Uh oh, not looking so good for Joey…maybe he has an explanation….
Wilson told the panel he may have been confused and may have “misspoken” to reporters.
There ya go, Joey. When all else fails and your house of lies comes crumbling down around, just put your fingers in your ears, cluck like a chicken and say, “durrr, I was confused er sumthin’”…. Oh, and Joey, while you’re trying to pass off that load of crap yet again, here’s an update:
The documents — purported sales agreements between Niger and Iraq — were not in U.S. hands until eight months after Wilson made his trip to Niger.
It’s pretty funny to see these things that got the Left so hot and bothered over the last few years coming back to bite them in the ass. Of course, some of us on the Right knew all along it would eventually happen. You can only suppress the truth for so long…. but in the end, truth will always prevail.