Monthly Archives: November 2005

Following Woodward statement, questions bigger than ever






In response to questions emailed to him, former ambassador Joseph Wilson has clarified that Post reporter Bob Woodward was not himself present at the June 14, 2003, DC conference where Wilson referred to his Africa trip. (Was that conference “mid-June 2003,” cf. Woodward’s published statement?)   Wilson also responds that Woodward was not present when Read More

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working backward from Woodward






Woodward’s printed statement on the CIA leak case (“Bob Woodward’s Public Statement,” Washington Post, Nov. 16) was so puzzling that I ran it backward, to see whether it would parse better that way. Excerpting from the final graf backward to the beginning clarified some questions, as follows:   “It was the first time in 35 years as Read More

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Recommending the book Thieves of Baghdad






Thieves of Baghdad by Matthew Bogdanos (available by year end, from Bloomsbury) is an illuminating read for anyone interested, from any perspective, in primary sources and first-hand experience in combat in Iraq.   (Two disclosures here: My advance reading copy of Thieves of Baghdad does not include the endnotes, and I went to high school Read More

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More on January 2002






Regrettably, those overwhelmed individuals in the administration trying to dominate the world were even busier at the beginning of 2002 than last week’s column expressed.   All signs indicate that behind the scenes, January 2002 was a freakish window of opportunity for desk planners, a hinge in the devastating chronology linking the conquest of Afghanistan Read More

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Lying about the attacked, dumping the indicted






Lying about the Attacked, Dumping the Indicted     Here is graf 5 of Joseph Wilson’s “What I Didn’t Find in Africa,” published July 6, 2003:   “In February 2002, I was informed by officials at the Central Intelligence Agency that Vice President Dick Cheney’s office had questions about a particular intelligence report. While I Read More

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