A tribute to Condoleeza Rice and George W. Bush who, despite voluminious evidence to the contrary, said, "I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon, that they would try to use an airplane as a missile," adding that "even in retrospect" there was "nothing" to suggest that" and "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees," respectively.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Bush Admits Declassification Gambit 

Bush said he declassified parts of the document to answer questions raised about why the United States invaded Iraq.

"I wanted people to see what some of those statements were based on. I wanted people to see the truth. I thought it made sense for people to see the truth. That's why I declassified the document," he said.

Bush, answering questions from an audience after a speech in Washington, would not comment on the allegation that he authorized Libby to release the information to reporters.

But a senior administration official said Bush did not designate Libby or anyone else to release the information, trying to distance Bush from any tactical decisions made on how to release the information.


Of course they want to distance him from the "tactical decisions" because they call into question the truthfulness of the claim of prior declassification. If the information was declassified, why did Libby ask for an anonymous attribution from Judith Miller? Why did Libby ask the attribution be to a "former Hill staffer." Because they were going for a twofer, a win-win if you will. They defend against potential critics about manipulation of intelligence and they get to blame the leak on someone from Capitol Hill. See, those Congress Critters cannot be trusted with secret information. Too clever by half...

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