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    Yes, I'm positive the memo was a CYA based particularly on the blame being assigned to State for what were basically Bolton's actions.

    But keep in mind what is probably in that memo. We know the Wilson part is only a tiny bit. Presumably Greg Thielmann's 2002 "Uranium from Niger unlikely" report would feature. As would the work of the INR Iraq nuclear analyst, who seems to have had some real fierce battles with Bolton (I'm incredibly curious if that ever showed up in testimony on Bolton's appointment; there was one classified analyst discussed, but if this guy wasn't the guy, then it never did show up in the testimony). But the memo would almost certainly describe the 3 or 4 tangible things BOlton did to keep the Niger claim going. Which might be why Powell hadn't gotten it between June and July: Bolton was still fighting against what it said for that month.

    This is the way democracy ends Not with a bomb But with a gavel -Max Baucus

    by emptywheel on Fri Jul 22, 2005 at 05:42:51 AM PDT

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