It's become a cacophony, all the self-serving crap being tossed about by the NYTimes, Judith Miller
, Left-Wing moonies like Maureen Dowd, etc. And the MSM wins big, because the real stories get lost. The Bush Republicans are simply LAME in letting this become the story. (Bummer won't let it go, though.)2004 - The Year of the Fake Whistleblower (aka DNC Operative)
The 2004 election was a referendum on the Iraq War. The leading Democrats voted for the war. Then Howard Dean decided to become the anti-War candidate. By late 2003, early 2004, there were 2 factions of the Democrats-vs.-Bush.
Out of this, two actors* emerged with quasi "whistleblower" capes around them. Each was a career Democrat and anti-Bush operative. Richard Clarke, and Joseph Wilson. Both told untruths during the election campaign, carefully orchestrated to avoid outright perjury. (Note that both were done, whistele-blower style, via the Left MSM. Perjury laws do not apply to op/ed columns in the NYTimes. Neither Clarke nor Wilson would have to testify as to their spun tales, until long past the 2004 election, after they had presumably achieved their objective of electing a Democrat and getting themselves jobs in the process.)Richard Clarke
was the first actor who played the part of the career terror officer, who had been privy to the inside of government. He was assigned the objective of turning 7 months into 8 years - that is, to pin blame for 9/11 on the Bush, who had been in office just over 7 months when 9/11 hit. Clarke claimed that "Bush ignored the al qaeda warnings we left him." There was one problem with this - the Millenium Bomber after-action report
, written a year before 9/11, which critiqued the shortcomings of the 8-year Clinton team. In short, this report was a candid assessment of the government's failings re: al qaeda and terrorism
. Since Clinton has been in office for almost 8 years, there are few persons to blame, other than the Democratic administration. How could the Democrats carry the claim that "Bush was responsible for 9/11," with the after-action report written by Democrats, rebutting the claim? (Remember, the report was written pre-9/11; only after 9/11 did the routine failure analysis take on political ramifications).
Clarke was dispatched to obfuscate the after-action reports. By loudly blaming Condi Rice for failing to take al qaeda seriously, the Bushies were put on the defensive. The after-action report, of course, would rebut Clarke's charge; in fact, they might even put him at risk for perjury, if he were to testify as to certain topics. (But, did the MSM ever run a story about that?)
But in planning the caper, the Dems tried to cover their bases. Alas, convicted felon Sandy Berger stepped up, and just in advance of Clarke's anti-Bush campaign in the fall of 2003, Berger cleansed the files at the National Archives of the after-action report drafts and margin notes that would have exposed Clarke for the spin-meister he is. Query: How many MSM articles have you read, whereby the contents of the after-action report drafts scrubbed by Berger (a final version, though, was summarized in the 9/11 Commission Report) were compared with the anti-Bush propaganda of Richard Clarke? Umm....let's see...that might be.....zero
Clarke claimed the form of a whistleblower, to bolster the Dems -- both the anti-War Dems, and the Dems who voted for the war. The MSM simply will not acknowledge this, and the Republicans (by which I mean Bush) are village idiots for not pointing it out. The MSM won that round.
The second person, aka DNC Operative, adopting the fake whistleblower motif was Joseph Wilson
. His early 2003 trip to Niger was to investigate 3 questions respecting the sale of uranium nuke nuggets to islamo fascists, particularly Iraq:
(1) Had Niger been approached?
(2) Had Niger conducted any discussions? and/or
(3) Had Niger entered into agreements?, respecting nuke nuggets?Wilson was unemployed, and his Niger gig was arranged by his wife
. The US invaded Iraq in March 2003. Before the war, in late 2002/early 2003, Wilson went to Niger, he came back, he reported to the CIA. Then, in July 2003, he wrote a NYTimes op/ed entitled, "What I didn't find in Africa
In the op/ed, Wilson adopted the whistleblower angle, to wit: "Bush told us in his State of the Union address about Iraqi efforts to obtain African nuke nuggets. He lied, because I'm the guy Cheney sent to investigate. I went, and came back and told the CIA my opinion. It's all fake."
Problems arose. First, Wilson wasn't Cheney's guy
. Instead, he was put up to the gig by his wife, a CIA staffer. The entire "who exposed Victoria Plame" non-scandal stems from Wilson trying to adopt the whistleblower angle, implying that he was somehow Cheney's Philip Habib. This is an MSM-driven scandal - smoke to cover up what Wilson was doing.
Second, Wilson discovered that a Niger minister had been in active discussions a few years earlier with islamic agents seeking 400 tons of nuke nuggets. 400 tons!
The talks ended when that clique was tossed out of office. Wilson surmised that the islamists simply lost interest, when in fact a CIA analyst might conclude that the islamists simply lost their best contact...for the time being. Wislon further reasoned that since the sale of Niger nuke nuggets was nefarious - illegal - then of course it would be unlikely to happen. (!!!). Finally, Wilson after-the-fact argued that some incriminating paperwork was faulty, but Wilson had no such access when he was in Niger.
The unanimous, bi-partisan Senate Intelligence Committee more-or-less called Wilson a liar
one year after his op-ed, in its July 2004 Report. Other than the Washington Post, no MSM outlet has bothered to connect the dots on Wilson. His Niger analysis was simply flawed - how do you overlook or discount that islamic agents were seeking 400 tons of nuke nuggets, right up until a ruling clique was tossed out of office? Or that illegal sales don't occur, because they would be -- illegal?
Joseph Wilson is a liar, and the Senate Intelligence Committee busted him. The MSM has successfully obfuscated this, by making the story to read, "Who outted Vic Plame?"
The MSM won the Wilson game, too.
For the record, I belive it was the sworn duty of the Administration to expose the lies of Wilson. On that account, they did it so poorly, they malpracticed.
___* - Note, I omit the RatherGate affair from this, as I limit my focus to actors in the prior Clinton administration.
Did the Bush administration manipulate intelligence about Saddam Hussein's weapons programs to justify an invasion of Iraq? Based on my experience with the administration in the months leading up to the war, I have little choice but to conclude that some of the intelligence related to Iraq's nuclear weapons program was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi threat. ...Those news stories about that unnamed former envoy who went to Niger? That's me.
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 Niger to Iraq in the late 1990's. The agency officials [his wife - ed] asked if I would travel to Niger to check out the story so they could provide a response to the vice president's office. [Note the first twist - Wilson strongly implies that the CIA, and Dick Cheney, had picked Wilson. In fact, Wilson's wife selected Wilson. - ed.]
... The mission I undertook was discreet but by no means secret. [It might not have been top secret, but it was a CIA-backed fact-finding trip. "By no means secret?" - ed]
...I met with Ambassador Owens-Kirkpatrick at the embassy... I spent the next eight days drinking sweet mint tea and meeting with dozens of people: current government officials, former government officials, people associated with the country's uranium business. It did not take long to conclude that it was highly doubtful that any such transaction had ever taken place.... In short, there's simply too much oversight over too small an industry for a sale to have transpired. [Is he kidding? Fifth-world Africa, and his reasoning is that uranium sales could not have occured, because ... they are illegal? - ed]
(As for the actual memorandum, I never saw it. But news accounts have pointed out that the documents had glaring errors — they were signed, for example, by officials who were no longer in government — and were probably forged. [Note the second slippery lie: Wilson implies that he had this information during his trip. The Senate Intelligence Committee calls Wilson a liar on this point. When he was in Niger, he had no such information, and no access to this information. - ed]
... In early March, I arrived in Washington and promptly provided a detailed briefing to the C.I.A. [Note: Based upon Wilson's data, the CIA arrived at a difference
conclusion than Wilson. - ed]
...There was nothing secret or earth-shattering in my report [unless you think that islamic agents seeking 400 tons of nuke nuggets from Niger might be 'earth shattering' - ed.]#
... Those are the facts surrounding my efforts. The vice president's office asked a serious question. [Note the third, critical "whistleblower" lie here: another direct implication that Wilson was "Cheney's guy." He wasn't. He was his wife's guy. - ed] I was asked to help formulate the answer. I did so, and I have every confidence that the answer I provided was circulated to the appropriate officials within our government. "
# - Note that, Wilson had sat with Niger's former Prime Minister, and a Minister of Energy and Mines. They confirmed to Wilson that, in fact, both Iranian and Iraqi delegations met with the Nigerians in 1998-1999. The Iranian delegation in 1998 explicitly sought 400 tons of uranium ore, but no deal was ever completed.Then, in June 1999, some businessmen asked the Prime Minister to meet with an Iraqi delegation for the purpose of "expanding commercial relations" between the countries. (Remember, Iraq is under international embargo at this time.)The CIA intelligence report on the matter states that the Prime Minister thought that "expanding commercial relations" meant that Iraq wanted to discuss yellowcake. The Senate Report states that Wilson said the Prime Minister met with the Iraqi delegation, but that the Prime Minister told Wilson that nothing happened because the Minister "let the matter drop due to the UN sanctions on Iraq."