You make lemonade. Democrats are now completely sold that Bush lied, and they are now moving on as if that is de facto and de jure the truth (in their attempt to find a Bush scandal du jour). Now, Oliver ups the ante– not only did the White House get caught in a lie, but they have decided to use it to their advantage to get rid of george Tenet:
There was a method to the White House acknowledging the fraudulency of the uranium situation: take down Tenet and the CIA…
The info I’ve seen so far says that the CIA hedged their bets at best about the Iraqi WMD program, and that they urged the Brits to dispense with the Nigerian tube evidence, while it was the Cheney-Rumsfeld wing of activity (including Condi Rice) who were ready to go guns-a-blazin’ on Iraq. This is rotten from the head on down, and the Democrats will be remiss in their duties if they don’t pursue this to the hilt.
Do you understand now why I called the previous posts Democrat over-reach? That Bush lied is now a settled fact to the left, now they are looking for their own little Watergate. It’s fun to watch these guys. And, for clarity- that is Oliver Willis making the claim, and not Oliver Stone.
*** Update ***
Uh oh. Tenet is now claiming it was the CIA’s fault. I guess the line will now be that Bush has been after Tenet forever, and they conveniently got rid of him while covering up for Bush’s lie. Of course, that is not what Tenet is saying, Bush is saying, Tony Blair is saying, or anyone in the Administration- but hey, you gotta love the loony left:
CIA Director George Tenet acknowledged Friday his agency wrongly allowed President Bush to tell the American people that Iraq was seeking nuclear material from Africa when analysts had doubts about the quality of the intelligence.
“These 16 words should never have been included in the text written for the president,” Tenet said in a statement released after Bush and his national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, blamed the miscue on the CIA and members of Congress called for someone to be held accountable.
“This was a mistake,” the director’s statement said.
Stayed tuned for more spin from the Democrats. I am predicting they will say what I have said above, or they will claim that this is clear proof of the incompetence of the Bush administration. Should be entertaining.