Condi Rice: Verifies What we all Thought

Condi Rice: Verifies What we all Thought

On Meet the Press today, Condi destroyed the premise to go to war with Iraq that the White House pushed on the American people. (full transcript)



Think Progress: This morning on NBC's Meet the Press, Condoleezza Rice explains why we invaded Iraq:

"The fact of the matter is that when we were attacked on September 11, we had a choice to make. We could decide that the proximate cause was al Qaeda and the people who flew those planes into buildings and, therefore, we would go after al Qaeda…or we could take a bolder on"

Condi Rice said nothing that backs up President Bush's "last resort" war. This is a war of choice in keeping with PNAC's view of the middle east. They wanted to change the face of the middle east and 9/11 was their excuse. Thanks for clearing that up for us Condi.

Tim Russert in keeping with his lame follow up questions and kid glove treatment of Condi Rice, refused to take her statement any further by moving on to Syria. Memo to Tim. There was enough in that answer alone to give you sixty minutes of debate. Here's a similar take on her straw man argument. Tim can get real tough when he wants to (remember John Edwards right before the election?), but not in this case.

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Treasongate: A Flame-ing Lie, It Seems

Treasongate: A Flame-ing Lie, It Seems
Picking up from my previous post on Miller-Times-gate, in her article Judith Miller said (emphasis mine):

It is also difficult, more than two years later, to parse the meaning and context of phrases, of underlining and of parentheses. On one page of my interview notes, for example, I wrote the name "Valerie Flame." Yet, as I told Mr. Fitzgerald, I simply could not recall where that came from, when I wrote it or why the name was misspelled.

I testified that I did not believe the name came from Mr. Libby, in part because the notation does not appear in the same part of my notebook as the interview notes from him.

Open Letter to NY Times Public Editor RE: Judy Miller

Open Letter to NY Times Public Editor RE: Judy Miller
by Just enough [Subscribe]
Sun Oct 16, 2005 at 01:38:24 AM PDT
Dear Mr. Calame,

Please don't disrespect us with another fluff piece such as "Turning the Tables" Oct. 9th ,2005, which treated us, your readers, as distractible fools at a time when your paper is facing its greatest crisis of integrity. The quality of the carefully tailored reporting (interspersed with awkward periods of silence) on the Valerie Plame affair will leave a permanent stain on this great paper. It remains a crisis whether you choose to report thoroughly on it or not.

Who told Judy about Valerie PLAME?

Who told Judy about Valerie PLAME?
by katerina [Subscribe]
Sun Oct 16, 2005 at 02:43:08 AM PDT
After reading the two NYT articles about Judy Miller's involvement in the Plame Leak investigation, I came away with one significant question:

Who was Judith Miller's real source as to the identity of Valerie Plame as an undercover CIA operative?

Miller's putative source was Scooter Libby, but Miller claims Libby didn't provide her with Valerie Plame's name or undercover status. If Judy's telling the truth about that (and while the article in the NYT indicates that wagering on Judy's truthfulness may be a sucker bet), then who did?

On the origin of the Niger documents...

On the origin of the Niger documents...
by wvillmike [Subscribe]
Sun Oct 16, 2005 at 04:16:51 AM PDT
Some of the below timeline/information is either paraphrased or excerpted from an excellent article by Seymour M. Hersh in the New Yorker, entitled `The Stovepipe.'

The gist of the article deals with what the CIA calls "stovepiping," or the release of data the agency has collected to the Pentagon and/or White House before it has been properly analyzed--a practice which has rarely occurred in Washington.

At least not before the Bush administration took office.

Did Judy Meet Cheney?

Did Judy Meet Cheney?
by georgia10 [Subscribe]
Sun Oct 16, 2005 at 07:03:02 AM PDT
Of all the analyzing of Judith Miller's account of her interactions with the Bush administration, one aspect of her piece has received little attention: her explanation of Libby's letter.

As she admits, Fitzgerald asked whether the letter was meant to shape her testimony. Miller said no, instead offering up this explanation:

When I was last before the grand jury, Mr. Fitzgerald posed a series of questions about a letter I received in jail last month from Mr. Libby. The letter, two pages long, encouraged me to testify. "Your reporting, and you, are missed," it begins.

Aspens Turning, Leads to Cheney?

Aspens Turning, Leads to Cheney?
by teresahill [Subscribe]
Sat Oct 15, 2005 at 10:49:00 PM PDT
Finally, Judith Miller gives us her take on the creepy "Aspens turning" line in Scooter Libby's letter to her, telling her it was okay to testify.
This from her account in Sunday's NYT :

"Out West, where you vacation, the aspens will already be turning," Mr. Libby wrote. "They turn in clusters, because their roots connect them."

How did I interpret that? Mr. Fitzgerald asked.

In answer, I told the grand jury about my last encounter with Mr. Libby. It came in August 2003, shortly after I attended a conference on national security issues held in Aspen, Colo. After the conference, I traveled to Jackson Hole, Wyo. At a rodeo one afternoon, a man in jeans, a cowboy hat and sunglasses approached me. He asked me how the Aspen conference had gone. I had no idea who he was.

If Rove, Libby Indicted, Bush Must resign. No Settling

If Rove, Libby Indicted, Bush Must resign. No Settling
by letsfight [Subscribe]
Sun Oct 16, 2005 at 07:36:06 AM PDT
I read an article this morning that said that if Rove is indicted that he will most likely resign -- that such a move would be the only reasonable thing for Rove to do to protect George Bush from the 'aspersions' that such an indictment would bring to the oval office.

I have a visceral reaction to such a scenario. Bush should also resign. We should settle for nothing less.

letsfight's diary :: ::
first, here is the link to the article:,9171,111831...

A Strategy of Lies: How the White House Fed the Public a Steady Diet of Falsehoods

A Strategy of Lies: How the White House Fed the Public a Steady Diet of Falsehoods
Gar Smith
[Gar Smith is Editor Emeritus of Earth Island Journal, Roving Editor at The-Edge and co-founder of Environmentalists Against War. This commentary was broadly distributed over the internet during November 2003]

Colonel Sam Gardiner (USAF, Ret.) has identified 50 false news stories created and leaked by a secretive White House propaganda apparatus.Bush administration officials are probably having second thoughts about their decision to play hardball with former US Ambassador Joseph Wilson. Joe Wilson is a contender. When you play hardball with Joe, you better be prepared to deal with some serious rebound.

New account suggests dissident faction inside CIA

New account suggests dissident faction inside CIA
Sun Oct 16, 5:07 AM ET

WASHINGTON, (AFP) - A new account of the CIA leak scandal rocking the White House suggests top presidential aides were seriously concerned about what could be seen as a dissident faction inside the US spy agency that appeared to work even behind the back of the CIA director to debunk the notion Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.


Charges that the regime of Saddam Hussein had chemical and biological weapons and was angling to revive its nuclear program served as the prime rationale for the March 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Rove Pressed On Conflicts, Source Says

Rove Pressed On Conflicts, Source Says
Questions Said to Focus On Differing Accounts

By Carol D. Leonnig and Jim VandeHei
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, October 15, 2005; Page A01

The grand jury investigating the CIA leak case pressed White House senior adviser Karl Rove yesterday to more fully explain his conversations with reporters about CIA operative Valerie Plame, including discrepancies between his testimony and the account provided by a key witness in the investigation, according to a source familiar with Rove's account.

Making his fourth appearance before the grand jury, Rove answered a broad range of questions for 4 1/2 hours, including why he did not initially tell federal agents about a July 2003 conversation about Plame with the witness, Time magazine's Matthew Cooper, the source said.

A Day of Questioning, More Questioning and . . . No Questions

A Day of Questioning, More Questioning and . . . No Questions

By Dana Milbank
Saturday, October 15, 2005; A05

Almost three hours after Karl Rove entered the grand jury chambers yesterday morning, special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald walked hurriedly from the room and toward the waiting reporters.

"Just going to the men's room," he announced, continuing past the media pack. "Don't want to create any buzz."

The first part of what Fitzgerald said was true. But not wanting to "create any buzz"? It's a bit late for that.

When you call the president's closest adviser for a fourth grand jury appearance, and grill him for 4 1/2 hours with no guarantee he won't be prosecuted, you're pretty much guaranteed buzz. In addition to the 15 journalists lurking outside the grand jury room on the third floor of the Prettyman courthouse -- the same chambers graced by Monica Lewinsky seven years ago -- there were TV cameras encamped at each of the four exits to the building and media spotters stationed in the lobby.

Contingency plan

Contingency plan
Posted Sunday, Oct. 16, 2005
Karl rove has a plan, as always. Even before testifying last week for the fourth time before a grand jury probing the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity, Bush senior adviser Rove and others at the White House had concluded that if indicted he would immediately resign or possibly go on unpaid leave, several legal and Administration sources familiar with the thinking told TIME.

Resignation is the much more likely scenario, they say. The same would apply to I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, the Vice President's chief of staff, who also faces a possible indictment. A former White House official says Rove's break with Bush would have to be clean—no "giving advice from the sidelines"—for the sake of the Administration.

Judy Miller continues lying

Eli Stephens
Left I on the News

New York Times reporter Judith Miller "distinguished" herself in the runup
to the invasion of Iraq by uncritically passing on government propaganda
about alleged Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Since countervailing
information on those subjects (for example, on the famous aluminum tubes)
was known at the time, Miller's omission of any semblance of balance from
her articles can only be construed as lying, by omission if not by

Now, in what appears to be more of a carefully prepared legal document and
less an actual newspaper article, Miller has written about "My Four Hours

Supporting Hillary

By Cindy Sheehan

I would love to support Hillary for President if she would come out against the travesty in Iraq. But I don't think she can speak out against the occupation, because she supports it.

I will not make the mistake of supporting another pro-war Democrat for president again: As I won't support a pro-war Republican.

This country wants this occupation to end. The world wants the occupation to end. People in Iraq want this occupation to end.

Senator Clinton: taking the peace road would not prove you are weak. Instead, it would prove that you are the strongest and wisest candidate. As a mom, as an American, as a patriot: I implore you to have the strength and courage to lead the fight for peace.

Blacksburg woman connects with a national debate

Roanoke Times (Virginia)
By Tonia Moxley

BLACKSBURG -- When the United States attacked Iraq a decade ago, Blacksburg resident Pris Sears said she was terrified that the conflict would escalate into a nuclear war.

But she felt helpless to do anything about it.

Two years into the latest U.S. war in Iraq, Sears has found a way to take action by volunteering, some weeks for as many as 30 hours, for, a national anti-war information network and lobbying organization.

Sears helps maintain the Web site that is the organization's virtual headquarters. Fielding a slew of e-mails and posting articles about the war "is a small thing, but it's something useful I can do," Sears said.


San Francisco Chronicle

Battalion commander pays his respects, apologizes to Iraqis whose civilian relatives have been killed by anonymous GIs in passing patrols and convoys
- Anna Badkhen, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, October 14, 2005

Tikrit, Iraq -- Nebras Khalid Nasser understood this much: Insurgents often killed people in Beiji, a northern Iraqi town where he lived with his pregnant wife and their year-old son. He needed to move his family to Tikrit, a safer city about 40 miles to the south. He helped his wife, Zahoya, into his brother-in-law's beat-up Toyota sedan. They started driving south. They saw a U.S. military convoy.

Bush Commission

The 2005 International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush
Administration of the United States.

Danish Suit Against Prime Minister Over War Advances

From Bo Elkjær, Journalist

The father of the danish soldier that was killed recently by a roadside bomb has joined the lawsuit against the danish prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen. The implications are immense and his joining the lawsuit will give unprecedented merit to the case.

After the lawsuit legal experts expressed doubts that the lawsuit would be allowed to continue, given that the 24 persons behind the suit did not have direct legal interests in the case. It seems that this hurdle will be cleared when mr. Johan Kirkmand joins the committee behind the lawsuit.

- I have talked with a member of the committee - I called them myself - and I have declared that If I can help them in any way, then I'm available, says mr. Johan Kirkmand.

Peering Under the Plame Outing

Remarks at "Plan B for Baghdad" Event, Denver, Col., October 15, 2005
By David Swanson

I wrote these remarks down on Thursday, when a Washington Post columnist was pleading with Patrick Fitzgerald to please just go away, and a New York Times news article was claiming that if Lewis Libby leaked anything, he did so with the best of intentions. Meanwhile virtually no voices in the corporate media were asking why Joe Wilson had to be attacked, who had made the false claims that Wilson had debunked, and who had forged the documents that the Bush Administration had used to claim that Iraq was developing nuclear weapons – or, in the case of Dick Cheney, that Iraq already had nuclear weapons.

My Four Hours Testifying in the Federal Grand Jury Room

Truthout cannot vouch for the accuracy of any of Miller's statements below. Our editorial staff does not understand how an experienced reporter could fail to remember her source. - ma

My Four Hours Testifying in the Federal Grand Jury Room
By Judith Miller
The New York Times

Sunday 16 October 2005

Mr. Fitzgerald asked me to read the final three paragraphs aloud to the grand jury. "The public report of every other reporter's testimony makes clear that they did not discuss Ms. Plame's name or identity with me," Mr. Libby wrote.
The prosecutor asked my reaction to those words. I replied that this portion of the letter had surprised me because it might be perceived as an effort by Mr. Libby to suggest that I, too, would say we had not discussed Ms. Plame's identity. Yet my notes suggested that we had discussed her job.

FRANK RICH: It's Bush-Cheney, Not Rove-Libby!!!!

FRANK RICH: It's Bush-Cheney, Not Rove-Libby!!!!
by Maccabee [Subscribe]
Sat Oct 15, 2005 at 05:56:49 PM PDT
Rich puts the blame where no one else has so far. Just read on. Link and more after the jump...

Asked repeatedly about Mr. Rove's serial appearances before a Washington grand jury, the jittery Mr. Bush, for once bereft of a script, improvised a passable impersonation of Norman Bates being quizzed by the detective in "Psycho." Like Norman and Ms. Stewart, he stonewalled.

That stonewall may start to crumble in a Washington courtroom this week or next. In a sense it already has. Now, as always, what matters most in this case is not whether Mr. Rove and Lewis Libby engaged in a petty conspiracy to seek revenge on a whistle-blower, Joseph Wilson, by unmasking his wife, Valerie, a covert C.I.A. officer. What makes Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation compelling, whatever its outcome, is its illumination of a conspiracy that was not at all petty: the one that took us on false premises into a reckless and wasteful war in Iraq. That conspiracy was instigated by Mr. Rove's boss, George W. Bush, and Mr. Libby's boss, Dick Cheney.

Plamegate: Weekly Standard Wurlitzer

Plamegate: Weekly Standard Wurlitzer
by BooMan23 [Subscribe]
Sat Oct 15, 2005 at 08:24:34 AM PDT
[front-paged at Booman Tribune]

Stephen F. Hayes has just published one of the most dishonest and misleading columns I have ever seen. It is ostensibly a comprehensive history of the Valerie Plame affair. In fact, it is a case study in the obfuscation and mendacity of the right-wing wurlitzer. It will undoubtedly become one of the most sourced resources of the wingnut blogosphere. So, let's take this mutha apart.

Before we do, I want to make a concession to Hayes. Proving beyond a reasonable doubt that Iraq did not procure uranium from Niger does not prove that Iraq did not attempt to procure uranium from Niger, or from other African nations. And, the real question before the intelligence community was trying to ascertain Iraqi intentions, as well as Iraqi capabilities. Okay. Let's move on.

The Grey Lady that did not bark in the night

The Grey Lady that did not bark in the night

Why is this curious? Because to make the case for Bush’s war of choice in Iraq, the W.H.I.G. was tasked with fixing the facts and the intelligence around the policy through a disinformation campaign that involved more than 50 planted stories in the press. The W.H.I.G. membership? Karen Hughes, Andrew Card, Mary Matalin, James Wilkinson, Karl Rove—and “Scooter

The Miller Case: A Notebook, a Cause, a Jail Cell and a Deal

The Miller Case: A Notebook, a Cause, a Jail Cell and a Deal


Published: October 16, 2005

In a notebook belonging to Judith Miller, a reporter for The New York Times, amid notations about Iraq and nuclear weapons, appear two small words: "Valerie Flame."

Ms. Miller should have written Valerie Plame. That name is at the core of a federal grand jury investigation that has reached deep into the White House. At issue is whether Bush administration officials leaked the identity of Ms. Plame, an undercover C.I.A. operative, to reporters as part of an effort to blunt criticism of the president's justification for the war in Iraq.

Reporter in leak case to take leave of absence effective immediately

Reporter in leak case to take leave of absence effective immediately
John Byrne and Jason Leopold

RAW STORY has confirmed that New York Times reporter Judith Miller, who spent 85 days in jail protecting her source in the recent CIA leak investigation, will take an indefinite leave of absence effective immediately.

"Judy is going to take some time off until we decide what she is doing next," said Catherine Matthis, the Times' spokesperson.

RAW STORY spoke with Miller by telephone at the New York Times newsroom in Washington Friday evening. She said that she had not previously been questioned about her plans going forward, and deferred extended comment to her publicist.

Leak Hypocrisy: Applying the Bush Standard

by QWQ [Subscribe]
Sat Oct 15, 2005 at 11:55:01 AM PDT
A primer for the press corps, especially the Washington Post and Houston Chronicle.

George Bush in 2001:

I want Congress to hear loud and clear, it is unacceptable behavior to leak classified information when we have troops at risk.

If you receive a briefing of classified information, you have a responsibility, and some members did not accept that responsibility. It is a serious matter, very serious, that people in positions of responsibility understand that they have a responsibility to people who are being put in harm's way.

Let's Get Ready with some AMMO

Let's Get Ready with some AMMO
by NYBri [Subscribe]
Sat Oct 15, 2005 at 12:10:55 PM PDT
Next week, or shortly thereafter, Patrick Fitzgerald will very likely pass out some indictments. Among the charges included in those party invitations may be perjury, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, espionage...just to name a few.

Basically, all these charges have one very important thing in common: they are violations of federal law. Let me repeat: VIOLATIONS OF THE LAW.

Remember how important that single fact was for the wingnuts during the Clinton impeachment trial? As I recall, they had plenty to say about lying and perjury and how it wasn't about sex but about respect for the law. MAJOR talking point that they all repeated ad nausium.

Torture and Misery in the Name of Freedom

Published on Friday, October 14, 2005 by the Independent/UK
By Harold Pinter

The following remarks were adapted during Mr. Pinter's acceptance speech on winning the Wilfred Owen Award earlier this year.

The great poet Wilfred Owen articulated the tragedy, the horror - and indeed the pity - of war in a way no other poet has. Yet we have learnt nothing. Nearly 100 years after his death the world has become more savage, more brutal, more pitiless.

But the "free world" we are told, as embodied in the United States and Great Britain, is different to the rest of the world since our actions are dictated and sanctioned by a moral authority and a moral passion condoned by someone called God. Some people may find this difficult to comprehend but Osama Bin Laden finds it easy.

Scurrying off the Ship

Serving the City of Falls Church and Northern Virginia
Falls Church News Press
Nicholas F. Benton

President Bush’s nomination of Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court has served as an opportunity for those in his own party desperate to distance themselves from his sinking ship to do just that.

This column spoke to this prospect two months ago when it first became clear to many in the GOP that they could be riding the Bush bandwagon into oblivion if they did not jump off in a hurry.

Bush’s Katrina fiasco, the continued chaos in Iraq, persisting oil price woes, the popular uprising against Bush’s Social Security reform scam and Bush’s job approval ratings nosedive are all already history. These factors combined with imminent and steeply rising interest rates, a loss of confidence by foreign investors in the U.S. and deepening oil price squeeze on industry’s bottom line portend a bumpy ride for Republicans going into next year’s mid-term Congressional elections, and the best they can do for now is establish a track record of firm and principled disagreement with the Bush command.

Speaking Events

January 10 and 11:
Events in Washington DC to present a petition telling president elect to end wars:

January 20-21 Occupy the Inauguration
January 29 David Swanson speaking in Arlington, Va.
February David Swanson debating a war supporter in Boston, Mass.
April 21-23 UNAC's annual conference in Richmond, Va.

April 29 possible multi-issue protest in DC.

Find Events Here.




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