You are herecontent / Karl's Repeat Performance

Karl's Repeat Performance

Karl's Repeat Performance

October 7, 2005

Three years ago today, President Bush gave a speech in Cincinnati "in which he made the case for war." At the behest of CIA Director George Tenet, then-Deputy National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley removed any reference to Iraq’s alleged attempt to purchase uranium from Africa from the president’s speech. Tenet made the request in a phone call to Hadley, and in a follow-up memo in which it was noted that the CIA had informed the British government that it differed with them on the Niger uranium intelligence.

The same British intelligence the CIA told the White House was flawed famously reappeared in a 16 word sentence three months later during the president's State of the Union address. On July 6, 2003, former Ambassador Joe Wilson wrote a column indicating that the Bush administration knew the claim was bogus in advance of the speech. The following day, the administration was forced to publicly acknowledge the president was wrong.

What does this have to do with a special prosecutor’s investigation of senior White House staff’s potential involvement in uncovering the identity of a CIA agent?

Karl Rove, the Deputy White House Chief of Staff is making his 4th appearance before a grand jury, to answer the questions about his role in leaking the agent’s name as part of a tried and true Bush-method of attacking those who you don’t agree with. Rove’s attorney had previously claimed Rove didn’t have anything left to say to the grand jury. That statement doesn’t appear to be operative any longer.

At issue here is a White House conspiracy to cover-up their lie about the intelligence in making their case for going to the war in Iraq. T here is a lot of Washington intrigue focused on who said what to whom and when they said it. Ultimately, the question that matters is why did the White House lead such an aggressive effort to discredit Wilson’s report? Answer: They did it because Wilson revealed the truth: the administration deliberately manipulated intelligence to make the case for a war that has made our country less safe and cost nearly 2,000 American lives.

As White House counsel during the course of this investigation, it seems fair to ask: What was Harriet Miers’ role? Harriet Miers was a White House official at the time of the White House’s smear campaign against Wilson and has been the White House counsel during much of Fitzgerald’s investigation. She owes Congress a complete explanation of what knowledge she had of – and any role she may have played in – the White House’s effort to cover up its manipulation of intelligence. And she would be well advised to do so sooner rather than later.

RSS Feed for American Progress Action Fund.


Speaking Events


War Is A Lie: Second Edition
Book Tour

May 19, Sarasota, FL, 7:00 p.m. Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota, FL

May 20, Jacksonville, FL, 7:00 p.m., Florida Christian Center Auditorium, 1115 Edgewood Ave S, Jacksonville, FL 32205, (904) 381-4800.

May 21, Gainesville, FL
7:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville, Florida
4225 NW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32605
(352) 377-1669
Sign up on FB.

May 28, San Francisco, CA
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., David Swanson interviewed by Daniel Ellsberg, at San Francisco Main Public Library, 100 Larkin Street.
Sign up on FB.

May 28, Marin County, CA
4 to 6 p.m., David Swanson in conversation with Norman Solomon, at Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera, CA
Sign up on FB.

May 29, Oakland, CA
3 to 4 p.m., David Swanson interviewed by Cindy Sheehan, at Diesel: A Bookstore, 5433 College Avenue at Kales (near Manila), Oakland, CA
Sign up on FB.

May 29, Berkeley, CA
7:30 to 9 p.m., David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, sponsored by the Social Justice Committee and Cynthia Papermaster, 1606 Bonita Ave. (at Cedar), Berkeley, CA
Sign up on FB.

May 30, Fresno, CA
2 to 4 p.m., David Swanson and Cindy Sheehan at a Peace Fresno event
Community United Church of Christ
5550 N. Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93710

June 11 St. Paul, MN, 6 p.m. at Macalester Plymouth Church Social Hall 1658 Lincoln, St. Paul, MN.
Sign up on FB.

June 12 Minneapolis, MN, 9 and 11 a.m. at St. Joan's 4533 3rd Ave So, Minneapolis, MN, plus peace pole dedication at 2 p.m.
Sign up on FB.

Other Events Here.


Support This Site


Get free books and gear when you become a supporter.



Speaking Truth to Empire


Families United


Ray McGovern


Financial supporters of this site can choose to be listed here.

Buy Books

Get Gear

The log-in box below is only for bloggers. Nobody else will be able to log in because we have not figured out how to stop voluminous spam ruining the site. If you would like us to have the resources to figure that out please donate. If you would like to receive occasional emails please sign up. If you would like to be a blogger here please send your resume.
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Enter the characters shown in the image.