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Monday, October 24, 2005

Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock...

Will the Downing Street Memos intersect with the Plame investgation?

The CIA leak inquiry that threatens senior White House aides has now widened to include the forgery of documents on African uranium that started the investigation, according to NAT0 intelligence sources.

This suggests the inquiry by special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald into the leaking of the identity of undercover CIA officer Valerie Plame has now widened to embrace part of the broader question about the way the Iraq war was justified by the Bush administration.
Fitzgerald's team has been given the full, and as yet unpublished report of the Italian parliamentary inquiry into the affair, which started when an Italian journalist obtained documents that appeared to show officials of the government of Niger helping to supply the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein with Yellowcake uranium. This claim, which made its way into President Bush's State of the Union address in January, 2003, was based on falsified documents from Niger and was later withdrawn by the White House.

This opens the door to what has always been the most serious implication of the CIA leak case, that the Bush administration could face a brutally damaging and public inquiry into the case for war against Iraq being false or artificially exaggerated. This was the same charge that imperiled the government of Bush's closest ally, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, after a BBC Radio program claimed Blair's aides has "sexed up" the evidence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.

There can be few more serious charges against a government than going to war on false pretences, or having deliberately inflated or suppressed the evidence that justified the war.
If Fitzgerald's investigation touches upon this, exposing the goverment's falsified justifications for going to war in Iraq, it will not be good for the country, at home or abroad. I can't say I'll be happy if all of this comes to light-- the days of schadenfreude are long gone, it has been replaced by total shame and disgust towards my government.

The Bush Administration has done far more damage to his so-called War on Terror than any "anti-American" anti-war liberals ever could-- they have boldly undermined and unraveled their own cause with their arrogance, their lies and their deception.

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