Lying about the Attacked, Dumping the Indicted
Here is graf 5 of Joseph Wilson’s “What I Didn’t Find in
“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 never saw the report, I was told that it referred to a memorandum of agreement that documented the sale of uranium yellowcake – a form of lightly processed ore – by
Last Sunday, October 30, PNAC signatory and commentator Charles Krauthammer said on Inside Washington that
Thus was launched one of two main arguments from the pro-war faction, regarding the indictment of Irve Lewis Libby, Jr., chief of staff to Vice President Cheney: Dick Cheney, minding his own vice presidential business, heard that someone named Joe Wilson whom he had never met was going around saying that Cheney had sent him to Africa. Thus Cheney, asking as anyone would Who is this guy and Why is he saying things about me, made inquiries about Wilson – and found that actually the spectacular boondoggle of a Niger junket had been arranged by Wilson’s wife. The vice president’s office then got in touch with major media outlets to set the record straight. Discussing this nepotism with reporters, they revealed that
The other main argument was rolled out by Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas), also last Sunday: the indictment is limited to “a single individual” and thus indicates no conspiracy and no crime. William Safire on Meet the Press with Tim Russert went farther, saying that the prosecutor “found” that the “law was not broken”: “This is a cover-up of a non-crime.” (N.b.: Bradblog points out that Rush Limbaugh went farther yet, claiming that the prosecutor said there had been no crime.)
As a citizen, I hope that these arguments get what they deserve, and it will be mildly interesting to see whether anyone maintains them on this week’s talk shows.
As a human being, I think Mr. Libby’s friends and relatives are on firmer ground arguing that he was basically overwhelmed.
Take the key month of January, 2002. In the press, front-page stories around the nation featured the spectacular collapse of Enron with its links to the White House and to Cheney’s office, including numerous mentions of Libby individually. Articles with titles like “Some Bush officials sold Enron stock before bankruptcy” and “Some Bush officials got out in time” pointed out accurately that the law forcing Rove and Libby to sell their Enron stock also saved them from losing everything they had put into it.
With the Enron flap ongoing, Osama bin Laden seemed to have eluded the December attacks on
Along with sitting in on
Along with everything else, Mr. Libby’s father, Irve Lewis Libby, Sr., a retired businessman in a condo in
That someone involved in some of the highest-level, sensitive strategy discussions for invading
Next up: the young George W. Bush and Laura Welch in