Thursday, April 20


And the hits just keep on coming. "A newly declassified State Department memo provides the first hard evidence that the Bush administration manipulated and ignored intelligence in their thirst for war."

Sixteen days before President Bush's January 28, 2003, State of the Union address in which he said that the US learned from British intelligence that Iraq had attempted to acquire uranium from Africa -- an explosive claim that helped pave the way to war -- the State Department told the CIA that the intelligence the uranium claims were based upon were forgeries, according to a newly declassified State Department memo.

The revelation of the warning from the closely guarded State Department memo is the first piece of hard evidence and the strongest to date that the Bush administration manipulated and ignored documents information in their zeal to win public support for invading Iraq.

It was that warning that kept Colin Powell from including the uranium claims in his address to the UN, a presentation that convinced most of America that the overthrow of Saddam was necessary to our national security. Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Association, got wind of the charge and wrote the White House, the NSC and the State Department asking for their evidence so his agency could look into it, warning that the documents were probably forgeries. He never got a response.

"I think Mr. ElBaradei frankly is wrong," Cheney said. "[The IAEA] has consistently underestimated or missed what it was Saddam Hussein was doing. I don't have any reason to believe they're any more valid this time than they've been in the past."

Well, the Dick has been proven wrong in just about every assumption he's made about the war and foreign policy. So looking at the latest White House-inspired crisis, Iran's pursuit of nuclear energy capability interpreted as a drive towards acquiring nuclear weapons, I'm inspired to mimic the Veep.

My version: "I think Messrs. Bush, Cheney et al frankly are wrong," Motherlode said. "[The Bush administration] has consistently missed what it was [everyone] was doing. I don't have any reason to believe they're any more correct this time than they've been in the past."

BTW, why does Condi Rice get a pass on all of this? SHE's the one who said, "We don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud." She's been complicit in every single disastrous step the Bushies have made in foreign policy. Yet she's the #1 pick of any Rethuglican for president in '08.

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