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Sunday, July 20, 2003

we're running out of fingers to point

things are still pretty dicey for awol (not to mention his buddy blair across the pond). no matter whom he tries to blame for that uranium-iraq-niger shaggy dog story, nobody will take the heat.

the state department found the shaggy dog story 'dubious,' says the chisun-times:

the [recently released classified] document cites ''compelling evidence'' of such a program--but it also reflects prewar divisions within the u.s. intelligence community, including a state department dismissal of reports that saddam hussein was shopping for uranium ore in africa as ''highly dubious.''

and, the cia did not vet the shaggy dog story, according to the washpost:

the white house, in the run-up to war in iraq, did not seek cia approval before charging that saddam hussein could launch a biological or chemical attack within 45 minutes, administration officials now say.

even worse, awol made the claim in other places than the sotu speech, and with bigger exaggerations:

for example, the same rose garden speech and sept. 28 radio address that mentioned the 45-minute accusation also included blunt assertions by bush that "there are al qaeda terrorists inside iraq." this claim was highly disputed among intelligence experts; a group called ansar al-islam in kurdish-controlled northern iraq and jordanian abu musab zarqawi, who could have been in iraq, were both believed to have al qaeda contacts but were not themselves part of al qaeda.
posted by skippy at 2:22 PM |

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