Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Going massively stupid

Wondering how to keep straight the emerging patterns of leaks, counterleaks, statements, and "clarifications?" Here's a nice run down of some of Condi's better truths and the facts undermining them:

Condoleezza Rice's Credibility Gap

Here's one highlight that I especially liked:

9/11 and Iraq Invasion Plans

CLAIM: "Not a single National Security Council principal at that meeting recommended to the president going after Iraq. The president thought about it. The next day he told me Iraq is to the side." – National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, 3/22/04

FACT: According to the Washington Post, "six days after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, President Bush signed a 2-and-a-half-page document marked 'TOP SECRET'" that "directed the Pentagon to begin planning military options for an invasion of Iraq." This is corroborated by a CBS News, which reported on 9/4/02 that five hours after the 9/11 attacks, "Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was telling his aides to come up with plans for striking Iraq." [Source: Washington Post, 1/12/03 . CBS News, 9/4/02]

By the way, it's worth clicking the CBS link above. Note the date, September 4, 2002. September 4! 2002!

How much of this stuff was coming out even back then. And how much people refuse to acknowledge now. Here are the last two grafs from the CBS article:

Now, nearly one year later, there is still very little evidence Iraq was involved in the Sept. 11 attacks. But if these notes are accurate, that didn't matter to Rumsfeld.

"Go massive," the notes quote him as saying. "Sweep it all up. Things related and not."

Read it again with me:
"Things related and not."

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