Frim a Time report:
OK, well report=editorial without some facts behind it. This has been
my ongoing complaint about typical news stories.
At the very least, the President was fully aware that hs remarks were
questioned by many experts. At the very least, a truthful man would have
either not said the words, or would have qualified his assertions.
The day that the President gets a speech that every expert agrees with
100% will be a day to put a cross on the calendar.
I guess my conclusion is that Colin Powell knew enough not to repeat the
story to the UN just 8 days later, what xhanged in those 8 days?
That a Republican Senate would issue a report protecting a Republican
President is no great surprise to me Buck. Politicians do that,
Therefore I stand by my position: GWs team knew enough to know that
those 16 words should not be there. They'd been warned.
I understand your position on the Senate findings but remember that
Democrats were on that committee too. Can you find something specific
showing that the President was warned not to use that particular
expression? I couldn't find anything contemporaneous, only the regret
Also, lets place it in the contect we now know about this
administration. They have a habit half truths, bad decisions, lack of
reality, and aggressive moves.
Can't dispute that. But again, my point is that no matter how you
slice it, for crappy intel like Curve Ball's to reach such an elevated
state is a gross failure of the intel apparatus. If the President
really wanted to doctor up a case, he could have simply (and secretly)
ordered up some custom intel for use in justifying whatever he was
after. It doesn't look like he did that to me.
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