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Thursday, February 10, 2005

A Lotta Stuff

Great piece on "Jeff Gannon's" involvement in the Joe Wilson/Valerie Plame Affair at The Daily Kos.

Spiderleaf's conclusion?
Jeff Gannon was planted by the administration to disseminate their talking points unfettered by any journalism ethics or investigation shortly after the Iraq war, when the failure to find WMDs was becoming apparent. He became incredibly useful in L'Affaire Plame to continue to push the dual stories that a) Plame's name was already common knowledge and therefore `outing' her was not a crime and b) to continue to help discredit the CIA and Wilson.

Based on the evidence, I believe the 2002 CIA memo was leaked to Gannon when Novak became unusable and when the `mainstream' reporters with CIA contacts were not pushing the WH's preferred story line. They needed cover, and they got it.

And as is evidenced by his remarkable access to Scott McClellan and President Bush in the White House press room, to this day, he was rewarded handsomely.
Cool.

The NY Daily News has an article on the whole deal here.

We'll see if this story has legs. The mainstream media spin (courtesy of Wolf Blitzer and Howard Kurtz) has been, "This poor bastard is the victim of an angry liberal smear campaign!"

What else? Oh, yeah.

"The March to War, Part IV. Destination Iran!"

From the AFP: "Pentagon regularly reviews war plans: Centcom"

You're kidding?
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Pentagon is regularly reviewing its war plans against Iran, but it is not in an active phase of preparing a military campaign against the country, the deputy head of the US Central Command, General Lance Smith, said.

"I'm not spending any of my time worrying about the nuclear proliferation in Iran," the general told a Pentagon news conference. "I haven't been called into any late-night meetings ... to sit down and go plan for Iran."
CUT TO:

INT. PENTAGON WAR ROOM - MORNING

A number of Pentagon and Defense Department officials shuffle into the WAR ROOM, the Pentagon's central planning center. A foxy, young SECRETARY places an elaborate tray of bagels, pastries and donuts in the middle of the room's massive conference table, while a foxy, young STAFFER wheels a coffee cart into the room.

US Central Command's GENERAL LANCE SMITH enters the room and takes a seat at the head of the table. The room is silent, and all eyes turn to General Smith.

GENERAL SMITH - At ease, gentlemen. I think you all kow why we've been called into this meeting this morning.

The General tosses a giant file onto the conference table and glares at his staff.

GENERAL SMITH - Nuclear proliferation in Iran. (Pause) Goddammit, someone explain this to me!
At the same time, he said, the Defense Department was regularly updating its war plans for various regions, and that process included Iran.

"We have a requirement on a regular basis to update plans," said Smith. "We try to keep them current, particularly if the region is active."

But he insisted the military was not in a "heightened state regarding Iran."
But said that they do update their war plans, and that the process included Iran. But insisted that the military was not in a heightened state regarding Iran. But said that they do update their war plans, and that the process included Iran. But insisted that the military was not in a heightened state regarding Iran. But said that they do update war plans, and that process included Iran. But insisted that the military was not in a heightened state regarding Iran. But said that they do update war plans, and that process included Iran. But insisted that the military was not in a heightened state regarding Iran.

Got it!

More later...




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