Wednesday, August 6, 2008

If This Isn't Reason Enough to Pass Kucinich's Articles of Impeachment Against Bush & Cheney, What Would Be?

I'm working on three essays currently (mind-blowers all), but the "hits just keep on coming" so hard and fast that it's difficult for a part-time writer to keep up. Pulitzer-prize winner Ron Suskind in a new book released yesterday, August 5, The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism, has dropped the word bomb that "after the Iraq war began, the White House ordered the CIA to forge a 'backdated, handwritten letter' from the head of Iraqi intelligence to Saddam Hussein, in an attempt to tie Hussein to the 9/11 attacks. Here’s what Suskind reports" (please click on the link to see the original essay in Think Progress):
– Saddam Hussein’s intelligence chief, Tahir Jalil Habbush al-Tikriti, told U.S. and British officials there was no WMD in Iraq, “intelligence they received in plenty of time to stop an invasion.” – In the fall of 2003, the White House ordered CIA Director George Tenet to forge a “fake letter from Habbush to Saddam, backdated to July 1, 2001,” Suskind writes. “It said that 9/11 ringleader Mohammad Atta had actually trained for his mission in Iraq” and that Iraq bought yellowcake uranium from Niger with the help of al Qaeda. – The letter was commissioned “from the highest reaches of the White House.” “It would have to come from the very top,” Suskind told NPR today. After the fake letter was released in late 2003, press outlets reported it as evidence of a Saddam/al Qaeda link. “Now, if this is true, that blows the lid off al Qaeda—Saddam,” said Bill O’Reilly at the time. “The White House plans to push back hard,” Politico reports. Former CIA Director George Tenet today called the charges “ridiculous” and questioned whether Suskind is a “serious journalist.” “There was no such order from the White House to me,” he said. On NBC’s Today Show, Suskind said Tenet simply does not remember the letter — but Tenet’s staff does: I think this is part of George’s memory issue. … He seems not to remember it. That’s at least what he claims. In this book, instead of going to George, I went to all the people around George, close to George, who remember because they were involved in the thing, and they remember what George says to them.
Watch the video here as Mr. Suskind tells Meredith Viera that "It's all on the record; not off the record."
After a White House meeting, Tenet went back to the CIA and ordered his staff to forge the letter. “Listen Marine, you’re not going to like this, but here goes,” Tenet told Rob Richer, former head of the CIA’s Near East Division, according to Richer. Suskind also said he spoke with U.S. intelligence officials who stated that Bush was informed unequivocally in January 2003 that Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction. White House press spokesman Tony Fratto attacked Suskind today, stating that he “makes a living from gutter journalism” and calling the book one of Suskind’s “bizarre conspiracy theories.”
Take my advice and read the comments at the bottom of the essay. They are PRICELESS. And I couldn't agree more with the guys who said (and I'm paraphrasing here) that no spokesbot, speaking for the White House, called Suskind's report untrue: just that is was a "bizarre conspiracy theor(y)" and "gutter journalism" - ad hominem (not to mention off-base) attacks (upon a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist!) that almost showed some wit! Let's begin the impeachment proceedings this week. What are we waiting for? Our leaders (Smirk & Sneer - h/t to anon) to openly admit that they lied us into the war and then dare us to do anything about it? Suzan __________________________________

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