Sunday, October 23, 2005

t r u t h o u t - Frank Rich: Karl and Scooter's Excellent Adventure

There may be little difference between WHIG and our new Tory boy. maybe the elites in both countries are permanently in cahoots.

When I wrote to Cameron first about the Iraq war he came out with the Bushite WHIG line

"we all know he has them, (wmd)" He has never responded to my comment that we did not know, and they did not have them.

The question now is why Bushco took such dangerous risks in trying to get back at a bit player like Wilson? Did America have to be made certain there were atomic weapons in Iraq?
The blogosphere thinks that even Cheney may be in serious trouble. But nothing official has reached the main media.

t r u t h o u t - Frank Rich: Karl and Scooter's Excellent Adventure: "Mr. Libby and Mr. Cheney were in the boiler room of the disinformation factory. The vice president's repetitive hyping of Saddam's nuclear ambitions in the summer and fall of 2002 as well as his persistence in advertising bogus Saddam-Qaeda ties were fed by the rogue intelligence operation set up in his own office. As we know from many journalistic accounts, Mr. Cheney and Mr. Libby built their 'case' by often making an end run around the C.I.A., State Department intelligence and the Defense Intelligence Agency. Their ally in cherry-picking intelligence was a similar cadre of neocon zealots led by Douglas Feith at the Pentagon.

This is what Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell's wartime chief of staff, was talking about last week when he publicly chastised the 'Cheney-Rumsfeld cabal' for sowing potential disaster in Iraq, North Korea and Iran. It's this cabal that in 2002 pushed for much of the bogus W.M.D. evidence that ended up in Mr. Powell's now infamous February 2003 presentation to the U.N. It's this cabal whose propaganda was sold by the war's unannounced marketing arm, the White House Iraq Group, or WHIG, in which both Mr. Libby and Mr. Rove served in the second half of 2002. One of WHIG's goals, successfully realized, was to turn up the heat on Congress so it would rush to pass a resolution authorizing war in the politically advantageous month just before the midterm election.

Joseph Wilson wasn't a player in these exalted circles; he was a footnote who began to speak out loudly only after Saddam had been toppled and the mission in Iraq had been 'accomplished.' He challenged just one element of the W.M.D. 'evidence,' the uranium that Saddam's government had supposedly been seeking in Africa to fuel its ominous mushroom clouds.

But based on what we know about Mr. Libby's and Mr. Rove's hysterical over-response to Mr. Wilson's accusation, he scared"


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