July 18, 2003
The Plumbers would be proud
Man, the hits just keep on coming today.
So, Joseph Wilson was the last American ambassador to Iraq and lauded as a war hero by Bush 1.0 after the Gulf War. Apparently, he was recruited to investigate the claims about Iraq's desire for Niger's yellowcake. He recently came forward to proclaim as much and to say that he debunked this evidence for the U.S. months before the war.
Days after this revelation, unnamed White House officials revealed to Robert Novak that Wilson's wife is an undercover CIA agent, which he then proceeds to report, including her full name, in his syndicated column.
Now, Mr. & Mrs. Wilson will neither confirm nor deny this, but, if it's true, the White House blew the cover of one of their own intelligence operatives. You've all seen Mission: Impossible. You know how bad it is when someone named on the Non-Official Cover, or NOC, list is exposed. This woman's life could be in danger.
Is this incompetance? Payback? Or are they making examples of them?
Incidentally, I'd just like to say that the only reason why I know about this is because I read it on Howard Dean's blog.
The Royal Flush
There are at least two senior Iraqi officials who voluntarily surrendered to coalition forces at the end of the war, namely Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz and scientist Amir Saadi. One would think that these two guys would know where the Iraqi WMDs are hidden, or, at least, whether they had them or not.
They want to cooperate. They want to talk.
So why is the coalition keeping them on ice in the make-shift prison at the Bagdad Airport?
Unless Bush & Co. don't like they story they're telling....
Most Terrifyingly Appropriate TV Quote of the Day
"It's happening...... again."
- The mysterious Giant, warning FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper that a new murder, reminiscent of previous killings, had just occured in Twin Peaks.
Dr. David Kelly, a former UN weapons inspector who may or may not have been a source for the BBC on reports that Tony Blair's government had "sexed up" reports of Iraq's WMD capabilities, was just found dead three days after testifying in front of a Foreign Affairs committee. The committee had given him five days to consider his next round of testimony. No cause of death has been determined.
Irony abounds. Just last night, I watched a little indie thriller called Interview With The Assassin, about a old man who claims to be the 2nd shooter on the grassy knoll who actually killed Kennedy. The DVD details all the people associated with the assassination who died under mysterious circumstances in the following decade.
Word of advice to George Tenet: try not to end up like your predecessor, William Casey, did during the Iran-Contra Affair.