Instead, the sentence should have conveyed that Libby was to tell Miller some of the key judgments of the NIE "and that the NIE stated that Iraq was 'vigorously trying to procure' uranium."
This doesn't change much of the substance of the matter. from The Left Coaster, Uranium from Africa: Patrick Fitzgerald's correction
So, if Libby, Cheney and Bush were leaking or declassifying the entirety of the NIE Key Judgements, then the truth about the major challenges to Bush's SOTU claim on nuclear reconstitution would have been revealed. If they were not declassifying or leaking the entirety of the NIE Key Judgements, then that would be proof that they were trying to hide all the information that showed the Bush administration in poor light.
This is one of the most bubbleheaded contrary headlines I've ever read, U.S.: Trailers in Iraq Prove Weapons Claim
The Bush administration claimed trailers captured soon after the fall of Baghdad proved Iraq had weapons of mass destruction even though U.S. intelligence officials had strong evidence that was not the case, The Washington Post reported.
When the two small trailers were seized in late May 2003, President Bush proclaimed a fresh victory for his administration in Iraq. The administration said they were mobile ''biological laboratories,'' and Bush declared, ''We have found the weapons of mass destruction.''
The claim, repeated by top administration officials for months afterward, was cited at the time as supporting evidence for the decision to go to war.
But a secret mission to Iraq had already concluded the trailers had nothing to do with biological weapons. Leaders of the Pentagon-sponsored mission sent their findings to Washington in a report on May 27, 2003, two days before the president's statement, the Post reported on its Web site Tuesday night.
The brief initial report and a 122-page final report finished soon after that were shelved. Meanwhile, for nearly a year, administration and intelligence officials continued to publicly claim the trailers were weapons factories.
The actions of the special team were described to a Washington Post reporter in interviews with government officials and weapons experts who participated in the mission or had direct knowledge of it. None would agree to be named because of fears that would cost them their jobs. The final report remains classified.
See what I mean. The story shows for the umpteenth time that this administration shows little restraint in waging campaigns of disinformation. Two days before Bush made the claim, here's the proof, he had a report saying just the opposite. Strange, here's the same AP report with a different headline, White House Shelved Iraqi Trailers Report
Quote of the day from Kevin at Washington Monthly on how Bush can win back the hearts and minds of America ,
On the other hand, I like the idea of shipping Bush off to Baghdad for the rest of his term. He could start a blog and report back regularly on all the progress we're making.
MIT scientists have just learned another lesson from nature.
After years of wondering how organisms managed to create self-medications, such as anti-fungal agents, chemists have discovered the simple secret.
Scientists already knew that a particular enzyme was able to coax a reaction out of stubborn chemical concoctions to generate a large family of medically valuable compounds called halogenated natural products. The question was, how do they do it?
The good doctor is obviously not a conservative otherwise he would have decidied how it was done first and shoe-horned in an explanation after the fact; this of course would have produced an experiment and data that could not be empirically duplicated nor the results explained in anything but circular arguments. Once people started to die from treatments based on the conservative derived medicine, the deaths would be blamed on the liberal press for not reporting on the people that didn't die.
I died for beauty, but was scarce
Adjusted in the tomb,
When one who died for truth was lain
In an adjoining room.
He questioned softly why I failed?
"For beauty," I replied.
"And I for truth, — the two are one;
We brethren are," he said.
And so, as kinsmen met a night,
We talked between the rooms,
Until the moss had reached our lips,
And covered up our names.
from POEMS X. Series One
by EMILY DICKINSON