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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-29-06 03:13 PM
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Frank Rich (NYT): Downing Street memo 'proved accurate'
Edited on Sat Apr-29-06 03:14 PM by kpete
Frank Rich: Downing Street memo 'proved accurate'

RAW STORY
Published: Saturday April 29, 2006

After a three month hiatus, Frank Rich returns to the New York Times with a column slated for Sunday's edition which asserts that "each week brings new confirmation" that the Downing Street memo leaked last May has proved accurate, RAW STORY has learned.

Excerpts from Rich's column:

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The Downing Street memo -- minutes of a Tony Blair meeting with senior advisers in July 2002, nearly eight months before the war began -- has proved as accurate as "Mission Accomplished" was fantasy. Each week brings new confirmation that the White House, as the head of British intelligence put it, was determined to fix "the intelligence and facts" around its predetermined policy of going to war in Iraq. Today Bush tries to pass the buck on the missing WMD to "faulty intelligence," but his alibi is springing leaks faster than the White House and the CIA can clamp down on them. We now know the president knew that the intelligence he cherry-picked was faulty -- and flogged it anyway to sell us the war.

The latest evidence that Bush knew that "uranium from Africa" was no slam-dunk when he brandished it in his 2003 State of the Union address was uncovered by The Washington Post: The coordinating council for the 15 American intelligence agencies had already informed the White House that the Niger story had no factual basis and should be dropped. Last Sunday, "60 Minutes" augmented this storyline and an earlier scoop by Lisa Myers of NBC News by reporting that the White House had deliberately ignored its most highly placed prewar informant, Saddam's final foreign minister, Naji Sabri, once he sent the word that Saddam's nuclear cupboard was bare.

"There was almost a concern we'd find something that would slow up the war," Tyler Drumheller, a 26-year CIA veteran and an on-camera source for "60 Minutes," said when I interviewed him last week. Since retiring from the CIA in the fall of 2004, Drumheller has played an important role in revealing White House chicanery, including its dire hawking of Saddam's mobile biological weapons labs, which turned out to be fictitious. Before Colin Powell's fateful U.N. presentation, Drumheller conveyed vociferous warnings that the sole human source on these nonexistent WMD labs, an Iraqi emigre known as Curveball, was mentally unstable and a fabricator. "The real tragedy of this," Drumheller says, "is if they had let the weapons inspectors play out, we could have had a Gulf War I-like coalition, which would have given us the ((300,000)) to 400,000 troops needed to secure the country after defeating the Iraqi army."

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Inland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-29-06 03:14 PM
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1. Frank Rich is back! nt
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fooj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-29-06 03:18 PM
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2. YES!!!!!
Peace.
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-29-06 03:19 PM
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3. When Frank Rich rides back into town, the bad guys scatter.
Tough and talented, Rich is one of the most effective columnists against Bush's insane war.

I'm glad he's back. It will make the summer a lot more interesting to read Rich's take on this pathetic administration.

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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-29-06 03:21 PM
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4. NYT effing IGNORED the Downing Street Memos - KnightRidder was on their
Edited on Sat Apr-29-06 03:24 PM by blm
own trying to get the story out in this country. NYT was still in coverup mode for BushInc and Judy Miller when the story broke in May2005.

The NYT and WaPost worked to DOWNPLAY it as if it was old news instead of as PROOF of a SERIOUS, IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE by a president working to mislead the entire Congress, the American people, the UN and the world. They ignored the DSM letters of inquiry sent round Congress by Conyers and round the Senate by Kerry.

Looks like Rich and the NYT are in cover their own ass mode with this story - they need to do it alot, don't they?
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AndreaCG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-29-06 07:30 PM
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7. Frank Rich is one of the good guys at the Times
Along with Krugman and Herbert.
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-30-06 10:08 AM
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11. I'm well aware of his status, but the NYT deliberately downplayed the DSM
when they came out, and he wasn't exactly leading a charge or lending a hand to Kerry and Conyers - More congresspeople and Senators would have joined the inquiry if the MEDIA had given any HINT that it was a story.

The way the media chose to play the story allowed people like Hillary, Schumer, and other senators Dems and GOPs to get away with NOT signing the letter of inquiry.
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-29-06 07:38 PM
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8. Conyers should have an honorable mention on Mt. Rushmore
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-29-06 03:26 PM
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5. Rich and the DSM - SWEET ! nt
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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-29-06 06:10 PM
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6. more on the Downing Street Memos
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WiseButAngrySara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-29-06 08:12 PM
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9. Dupe post. Sorry, but hey, it's another kick! ....n/t
Edited on Sat Apr-29-06 08:16 PM by WiseButAngrySara
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WiseButAngrySara Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-29-06 08:12 PM
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10. Blood is on his hands. The US media needs to catch up with the
rest of the civilized world, and state the truth. B* and his cabal are murderers.

Thanks for posting. I enjoy Rich; he is so rich!

The Downing Street memo -- has proved as accurate as "Mission Accomplished" was fantasy.

his alibi is springing leaks faster than the White House and the CIA can clamp down on them.


:kick: & R!
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