Tuesday, April 04, 2006


Maybe he got confused by the British spelling of aluminium aluminum

Murray Waas hits a touchdown:
"Presidential knowledge was the ball game," says a former senior government official outside the White House who was personally familiar with the damage-control effort. "The mission was to insulate the president. It was about making it appear that he wasn't in the know. You could do that on Niger. You couldn't do that with the tubes."
No, you couldn't. Who hasn't been in the know on the Tubes, like at least since 1982?

Unless ...

But no, that couldn't have been it.

Greg Sargent has
this to say about the Waas scoop:

... we need to step back and look at his revelation in the context of the ongoing investigation into the outing of Valerie Plame. If you do, you can see that what once were a bunch of disparate subplots - the pre-war duplicity, the 2004 election, the Libby indictment, the continuing investigation into Karl Rove - suddenly can be woven together into one grand narrative that makes coherent sense in a way that much of this story didn’t before. ...

You mean the grand narrative of a cabal of scumbags lying the fuck out of every last shred of shaky evidence to scare the nation into a stupidly planned and unnecessary war?

Yes, I'm afraid that was really difficult to figure out prior to Waas' piece. It all makes sense now!

To be fair to Sargent, this new information is of course important, as was the Downing Street Memo and any of the other big revelations about the leadup to war. Just not as the final piece of a puzzle nobody could make sense of before now.

The Washington Post
reported problems with the aluminum tubes story on Sept. 19, 2002. It was buried on page A18 according to that link, but it was in the public record, and I recall a lot of buzz about how fishy it all smelled at the time. That was probably the first real chink in the Bush & Blair team's marketing campaign to go to war. It sure got talked about in the traitorous troop-hating circles I was running with at the time.

So, no, the narrative has been pretty clear since even before the war. All the revelations since have just confirmed what many of us knew from the outset. Still more people figured it all out by at least the first stirrings of Plamegate. Even the Drums and the Friedmans cottoned on more than a year ago ... the former, no doubt boringly; the latter in a blinding flashflood of waking up and touching the coffee.

I'm being a bit unfair again to Sargent, though. What he's saying is that this latest revelation might somehow be the loose thread whose appearance finally inspires the crap media we've been saddled with to get off their
vaudeville act-rehearsing asses* and do their fucking jobs to unravel the whole sordid affair:

If that’s how it happened, then it may be only a matter of time before the whole story comes tumbling out. Waas has reported that there’s a piece of paper out there that proves Bush deceived the nation during the run-up to the war. The nation’s premiere investigative reporters, one would think, would very much like to see that piece of paper for themselves. And if there’s one thing recent history tells us, it’s that the small, short-term cover-ups never do succeed in preventing the larger story from coming to light. That larger story is still waiting to be told in all its gristly detail – and, eventually, reporters other than Murray Waas will get around to telling it.
Yeah, well, I'll believe it when I see it. If past performance is any indication, most reporters are probably burning through their rolodexes to find somebody who'll explain how this bombshell is going to be "good for Republicans."

*Sadly, the above link leads to a story in which Helen Thomas features prominently ... she doesn't deserve to be lumped in with her lazy, credulous colleagues, or subjected to my potty mouth insults. So there.

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