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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Conspiracy Theory!

(Please pass this blog on to one new person today. Thanks.)

Time to revisit the "Downing Street Memo," kiddos.

Why?

Focus of CIA Leak Probe Appears to Widen

To a much bigger conspiracy:
Mr. Fitzgerald's pursuit now suggests he might be investigating not a narrow case on the leaking of the agent's name, but perhaps a BROADER CONSPIRACY.
The broader conspiracy?

SELLING THE WAR.

And fixing the facts and intelligence to fit the policy.
Until now, Mr. Fitzgerald appeared to be focusing on conversations between White House officials such as Mr. Libby and Karl Rove, President Bush's senior political adviser, after Mr. Wilson wrote his op-ed.

The defense by Republican operatives has been that White House officials didn't name Ms. Plame, and that any discussion of her was in response to reporters' questions about Mr. Wilson, the kind of casual banter that occurs between sources and reporters.

Mr. Rove, who has already testified three times before the grand jury and was identified by a Time magazine reporter as a source for his story on Mr. Wilson, is expected to go back to the grand jury, potentially as early as today, to clarify earlier answers.

Lawyers familiar with the investigation believe that at least part of the outcome likely hangs on the inner workings of what has been dubbed the White House Iraq Group.
THE WHITE HOUSE IRAQ GROUP?!

What is it with these guys and their weird little "club" names?!
Formed in August 2002, the group, which included Messrs. ROVE and LIBBY, WORKED ON STRATEGY FOR SELLING THE WAR IN IRAQ TO THE PUBLIC in the months leading up to the March 2003 invasion.
One more time:
Formed in August 2002, the group, which included Messrs. Rove and Libby, WORKED ON STRATEGY FOR SELLING THE WAR IN IRAQ TO THE PUBLIC in the months leading up to the March 2003 invasion.
If you have to sell your old Volvo 240 (because you need the cash), are you gonna tell potential buyers about the rust?
The group likely would have played a significant role in responding to Mr. Wilson's claims.
And anyone else who got in their way.

Which brings us back to the "Downing Street Memo."

You might remember the DSM, dear reader; it's the memo of "meeting minutes" transcribed during the British Prime Minister's meeting on July 23, 2002. The Blair people were discussing the build-up to war with their defense and intelligence dudes...eight months PRIOR to the invasion of Iraq.

You might also remember that:
In July 2002, and well afterward, top Bush administration advisers were insisting that "there are no plans to attack Iraq on the president's desk."
(That's from decent Seattle Times article on the DSM.)

The key excerpt from the memo:
C reported on his recent talks in Washington. There was a perceptible shift in attitude.

Military action was now seen as INEVITABLE.

Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD.

BUT THE INTELLIGENCE AND FACTS WERE BEING FIXED AROUND THE POLICY.
One more time:
BUT THE INTELLIGENCE AND FACTS WERE BEING FIXED AROUND THE POLICY.
Think the WHITE HOUSE IRAQ GROUP had anything to do with fixing intelligence and facts around the policy?

"Uh, no?"

(Gameshow buzzer SFX indicating wrong answer.)
BUT THE INTELLIGENCE AND FACTS WERE BEING FIXED AROUND THE POLICY.

The NSC had no patience with the UN route, and no enthusiasm for publishing material on the Iraqi regime's record.

There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action.
Forgot about that last bit of info: "There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action."

1,964 US casualties to date, people.

YOU FEELING ME?

HUH?!

HOW HIGH DOES THIS GO?!

*

More fun with Karl Rove.

(Dude is everywhere these days.)

Dobson: nothing to hide

"Focus founder DARES senators to bring him in. Dobson says Karl Rove didn't tell him how the Supreme Court pick would rule on Roe vs. Wade."

Ha!

Bring him in:
A tough-talking James Dobson, answering calls that he break his silence about a private conversation with White House political strategist Karl Rove, said in a radio broadcast airing today that he received no assurances on how Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers would rule on abortion rights.
Last week, Dobson claimed that, "When you put that with all the other information that I have been able to gather - and you'll have to trust me on this one - when you know some of the things that I know, THAT I PROBABLY SHOULDN'T KNOW, that take me in this direction, you will understand why I have said, with fear and trepidation, why I have said why I believe that Harriet Miers will be a good justice."
The influential founder of Colorado Springs-based Focus on the Family also dared U.S. senators who have threatened to call him before the Judiciary Committee to "just go do it. ... I have nothing to hide."
Good.

So get him under oath.

Let's find out what he "probably shouldn't know."
When Rove talked to Dobson, Bush had not asked Miers to be the nominee. According to Dobson, Rove told him Bush wanted to nominate a woman. But according to Dobson, the landmark Supreme Court case that legalized abortion never came up.

"We did not discuss Roe vs. Wade in any context or any other pending issue that will be considered by the court," Dobson said. "I did not ask the question. You know, to be honest, I would have loved to have known how Harriet Miers views Roe vs. Wade. ... That's the most incendiary information that's out there, and it was never part of our discussion."

*

If Dobson is called before the committee, he lacks the legal standing to keep the information private, said Georgetown University professor Mark Tushnett. Conversations between lawyers and clients, and preachers and parishioners are protected by privilege, but political strategy is not, he said.
Oops.

"Dr. Dobson. You also said that it is possible to figure out if your son is 'pre-gay.' Is that right?"

"Yes."

"Are you out of your goddamned mind?!"

"No."

"I have no other questions."

Neither do I.

More later...

1 Comments:

  • I like your rants. Especially about TV media. Keep it coming.

    Here is my vlog:
    http://medianipple.blogspot.com/

    Check it if you get the time.

    peace out.
    hw

    By Blogger farmer, at 11:45 AM  

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