White House Faulted on Uranium Claim
By Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 24, 2003; Page A01
The President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board has concluded that the White House made a questionable claim in January's State of the Union address about Saddam Hussein's efforts to obtain nuclear materials because of its desperation to show that Hussein had an active program to develop nuclear weapons, according to a well-placed source familiar with the board's findings.
It's clear that this was a royal con job akin to the Tonkin Gulf resolution that got us into Vietnam, or the sinking of the Maine if you're tired of 'Nam analogies.
If anyone missed yesterday's WaPo piece, Anthony Zinni isn't tired of the analogy, though.
For Vietnam Vet Anthony Zinni, Another War on Shaky Territory
Anthony C. Zinni's opposition to U.S. policy on Iraq began on the monsoon-ridden afternoon of Nov. 3, 1970. He was lying on a Vietnamese mountainside west of Da Nang, three rounds from an AK-47 assault rifle in his side and back. He could feel his lifeblood seeping into the ground as he slipped in and out of consciousness.
He had plenty of time to think in the following months while recuperating in a military hospital in Hawaii. Among other things, he promised himself that, "If I'm ever in a position to say what I think is right, I will. . . . I don't care what happens to my career."
That time has arrived.
The truth is out there. And there are still a few mainstream folks trying to get it noticed. Bless them. The question is, who is listening?
Iraq violence isn't getting any better. Orange Alerts and Mad Cow disease (regulatory slip-up on Bush's watch) on the home front and no Osama... why are Democrats so bad at framing the issues? Can it be that there truly is no longer a free press? There's going to be some bills to pay in January after the party... and the closer we get to the election, the more people are going to pay attention... and BushCo is running out of excuses.
Well, there's always the Clenis defense.