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  •  NSC has oversight for Bush's speeches (4.00)
    For the Cincinnati speech in 2002 and the SotU, the speechwriters did their thing, but then it went to the NSC (Rice and Hadley). The NSC approved the speech, but sent it to CIA to approve the language.

    For Cinci, when the NSC over-stepped their bounds, it was George Tenet who finally intervened.

    As far as Powell goes, he lied over and over again in his presentation to the UN and deserves no slack at all. His presentation was designed to use his celebrity and credibility at that time to help promote the legality of the war.

    Clearly, the admin didn't care about the UN's opinion, but by this point were probably being pressured by the British to put the invasion on as solid a legal footing as possible.

    Powell dropped the Niger/uranium intel probably as a boot up Bolton's ass for his StaTe Dept. "fact sheet" that had been contrived as a way to get around Powell.

    But he didn't drop the aluminum tube despite his own intel service's -- the INR -- opinions that "the aluminum tubes Iraq was seeking were probably not intended for a nuclear program...[and that they]...disagreed with the assessment that Iraq had begun reconstituting its nuclear program.

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    by Todd Johnston on Fri Aug 26, 2005 at 11:45:46 AM PDT

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    •  But (none)
      Powell has suffered the biggest hit to his credibility because of the events leading up to and including the SOTU. Plus, we don't really know the reason for Powell's resignation/dismissal. There wasn't much celebration when he left. Reminds me of Bush's announcement of Tenet's departure, alone, grim-faced, standing outside, no friend in sight.

      I think the UN fiasco bothers Powell, I think the war bothers him, but for the life of me I can't figure out why he doesn't come forward and save lives. Perhaps he's worried about the real story on Desert Storm coming out, since he presided over some seriously fucked up shit back in the day.

      •  Powell suffered the biggest hit (none)
        because he's the only one who had any credibility to lose. But he's every bit as complicit.

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        by Todd Johnston on Fri Aug 26, 2005 at 01:09:19 PM PDT

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