Monday, October 24, 2005

t r u t h o u t - The Case against the Cheney Cabal

These guys took over the administration as surly as the Blair inner circle took over the British Government. But WHIG was rattled when its fake intelligence was challenged by Wilson.

It looks pretty clear now that one or all of them conspired to strike back at Wilson by outing his wife as a spy thereby committing something akin to treason.
But the days go by, and though the possibility of indictments hit the Today Programme this morning, it has been receding since about 7a.m.

The bloggers have jumped the gun, me among them.

We must wait on events.

t r u t h o u t - The Case against the Cheney Cabal: "The group included Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and two Wolfowitz proteges: I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, Cheney's chief of staff, and Douglas Feith, Rumsfeld's under secretary for policy. Together, the group largely despised the on-the-one-hand/on-the-other analyses handed up by the intelligence bureaucracy. Instead, they went in search of intel that helped to advance their case for war.

Central to that case was the belief that Saddam was determined to get nukes - a claim helped by the Niger story, which the White House doggedly pushed. A prideful man who enjoys the spotlight, Joseph Wilson grew increasingly agitated that the White House had not come clean about how the African-uranium claim made it into George W. Bush's 2003 State of the Union address. In June, Condoleezza Rice went on TV and denied she knew that documents underlying the uranium story were, in fact, crude forgeries: 'Maybe somebody in the bowels of the agency knew something about this,' she said, 'but nobody in my circles.' For Wilson, that was it. 'That was a slap in the face,' he told NEWSWEEK. 'She was saying 'F--- you, Washington, we don't care.' Or rather 'F--- you, America'.' On July 6, Wilson went public about his Niger trip in his landmark New York Times op-ed piece."

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