The White House Shuffle: Oops, We Did It Again
And the Bush administration, trying to make some story, any
story, about the Niger uranium and its nonexistence stick, has rebooted once more
. And gotten their foot all sticky with something quite smelly and brown.
Now that George Tenet has managed to pull the sword out of his belly(this guy could have given Talleyrand lessons on survival), the White House has chosen another fall guy, and that guy is Deputy National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, who has taken full responsibility like a good little lickspittle.
Hadley, in a rare on-the-record session with reporters, said that he had received two memos from the CIA and a phone call from agency Director George Tenet last October raising objections to an allegation that Iraq was seeking to buy uranium ore from Africa to use in building nuclear weapons. As a result, Hadley said the offending passage was excised from a speech on Iraq the president gave in Cincinnati last Oct. 7. But Hadley suggested that details from the memos and phone call had slipped from his attention as the State of the Union was being put together.
I wouldn't advise him to take any walks in any meadows any time soon.
But this would appear to make Condoleeza Rice a liar. Or rather, be proven
a liar. See, Hadley is the top advisor to Rice. Rice has claimed that the information that this info was a fake was in the bowels of the CIA and never came near her. And now we find that it was in the hands of her immediate underling.
Bush has said he considers the matter closed. And yet that door just keeps flapping back and forth. And bringing the now-programmed and brainwashed Pvt. Jessica Lynch home and the deaths of Hussein's sons won't keep it off the front page for more than, oh, a day or so.
Meanwhile 600 civilians--and rising are estimated to be slaughtered
in Monrovia in only the past 24 hours while a few Marines guard the U.S. Embassy. Did you actually believe Bush was going to send peacekeepers? Psyche!
How will a stable Africa keep mineral prices low? Silly public! Bush just said that to...wait, why the hell did
he make that promise anyway?
Remember, just as with schools and veterans, if Bush visits you, he's about to screw you. But he will get his photo op before you're erased.