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July 14, 2004

Joe Wilson: Liar -- Episode VI: "A Little Literary Flair"

So Joe Wilson describes his numerous lies, on talk shows across the nation.

As "a little literary flair."

Think. About. That.

Can there be a clearer admission that he lied to promote his quickie-book sales?

Although the Democrats, predictably, blocked just about any conclusion that would harm their Bush Lied, People Died thesis, they cannot deny the underlying facts which dictate such conclusions. The Republicans' "Additional Views" statement make this clear:

During Mr. Wilson’s media blitz, he appeared on more than thirty television shows including entertainment venues. Time and again, Joe Wilson told anyone who would listen that the President had lied to the American people, that the Vice President had lied, and that he had “debunked” the claim that Iraq was seeking uranium from Africa. As discussed in the Niger section of the report, not only did he NOT “debunk” the claim, he actually gave some intelligence analysts even more reason to believe that it may be true. I believed very strongly that it was important for the Committee to conclude publicly that many of the statements made by Ambassador Wilson were not only incorrect, but had no basis in fact.

In an interview with Committee staff, Mr. Wilson was asked how he knew some of the things he was stating publicly with such confidence. On at least two occasions he admitted that he had no direct knowledge to support some of his claims and that he was drawing on either unrelated past experiences or no information at all. For example, when asked how he “knew” that the Intelligence Community had rejected the possibility of a Niger-Iraq uranium deal, as he wrote in his book, he told Committee staff that his assertion may have involved “a little literary flair.”

The former Ambassador, either by design or through ignorance, gave the American people and, for that matter, the world a version of events that was inaccurate, unsubstantiated, and misleading. Surely, the Senate Intelligence Committee, which has unique access to all of the facts, should have been able to agree on a conclusion that would correct the public record. Unfortunately, we were unable to do so.

The Additional Views also determine:

Conclusion: The plan to send the former ambassador to Niger was suggested by the former ambassador’s wife, a CIA employee.

The former ambassador’s wife suggested her husband for the trip to Niger in February 2002. The former ambassador had traveled previously to Niger on behalf of the CIA, also at the suggestion of his wife, to look into another matter not related to Iraq. On February 12, 2002, the former ambassador’s wife sent a memorandum to a Deputy Chief of a division in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations which said, “[m]y husband has good relations with both the PM [prime minister] and the former Minister of Mines (not to mention lots of French contacts), both of whom could possibly shed light on this sort of activity.” This was just one day before the same Directorate of Operations division sent a cable to one of its overseas stations requesting concurrence with the division’s idea to send the former ambassador to Niger.

Question for Joshua Micah Percival Sweetmuffins Chancleroy Marshall:

You earlier stated that there was no technical loophole in the law against disclosing the identities of undercover agents regarding the disclosure of an identity to reveal a partisan conspiracy.

Fair enough, Mr. Marshall. I'm not sure you're right on the law, but, as you've expressed a disdain for such loopholes:

Tell me, is there a technical loophole excusing lies based upon someone injecting "a little literary flair" into his statements?

Can Bush begin claiming to have captured Osama bin Ladin in order to add "a little literary flair" to his inevitable presidential autobiography?

Awesome Update! Check out Jonah Goldberg's catch of conclusion particularly damning to Joe "Sweet Mint Tea" Wilson.

(Note: This is the same update mentioned in the last post. It's an important update for both posts.)


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