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Fri Sep 27, 2019, 02:20 PM

Joseph Wilson, Who Challenged Iraq War Narrative, Dies at 69

Source: New York Times

Joseph C. Wilson, the long-serving American diplomat whose clash with the administration of President George W. Bush in 2003 led to the unmasking of his wife at the time, Valerie Plame, as a C.I.A. agent, resulting in accusations that the revelation was political payback, died on Friday at his home in Santa Fe, N.M. He was 69.

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Mr. Wilson served in numerous posts, many in Africa, in a 23-year diplomatic career that began in 1976. One posting had been to Niger, and in 2002, by then a private citizen, he was asked by the C.I.A. to travel to that country to try to verify reports that Niger had sold a nuclear material, uranium yellowcake, to Iraq in the 1990s. At the time, the Bush administration was building to a crisis point with Iraq and its leader, Saddam Hussein, and among the issues was whether Iraq had or was developing nuclear weapons.

Ambassador Wilson concluded from his trip that the reports of a Niger-Iraq deal were false. After President Bush, in his State of the Union Message in January 2003, said that “the British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa,” and then ordered an invasion of Iraq seven weeks later, Mr. Wilson felt the record needed to be corrected.

On July 6, 2003, he wrote an Op-Ed article in The New York Times titled, “What I Didn’t Find in Africa.”

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/27/us/joseph-wilson-who-challenged-iraq-war-narrative-dies-at-69.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

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Reply Joseph Wilson, Who Challenged Iraq War Narrative, Dies at 69 (Original post)
brooklynite Sep 2019 OP
hlthe2b Sep 2019 #1
greatauntoftriplets Sep 2019 #18
elleng Sep 2019 #26
Coventina Sep 2019 #2
dchill Sep 2019 #3
tblue37 Sep 2019 #4
wryter2000 Sep 2019 #5
Leghorn21 Sep 2019 #6
murielm99 Sep 2019 #7
dalton99a Sep 2019 #8
Botany Sep 2019 #9
kag Sep 2019 #37
CTyankee Sep 2019 #10
BigmanPigman Sep 2019 #43
klook Sep 2019 #11
montanacowboy Sep 2019 #12
MontanaMama Sep 2019 #15
Duppers Sep 2019 #24
babylonsister Sep 2019 #13
walkingman Sep 2019 #14
Judi Lynn Sep 2019 #16
flibbitygiblets Sep 2019 #17
Perseus Sep 2019 #19
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The Wizard Sep 2019 #21
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Tiggeroshii Sep 2019 #25
renate Sep 2019 #27
Tactical Peek Sep 2019 #28
hwmnbn Sep 2019 #29
ffr Sep 2019 #30
lordsummerisle Sep 2019 #31
Hekate Sep 2019 #32
bobbieinok Sep 2019 #33
SergeStorms Sep 2019 #39
Cetacea Sep 2019 #34
mountain grammy Sep 2019 #35
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SergeStorms Sep 2019 #38
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MustLoveBeagles Sep 2019 #41
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MFGsunny Sep 2019 #44
Dawson Leery Sep 2019 #45
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Marthe48 Sep 2019 #47

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 02:22 PM

1. OMG! I can't believe this. I'm so devastated to hear this!

Poor Valerie. They have twins. They truly seemed the perfect couple...

Boy, this saddens me today

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Response to hlthe2b (Reply #1)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 03:05 PM

18. They got divorced two years ago.

I hadn't known that until I read the WaPo article on his death.

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Response to greatauntoftriplets (Reply #18)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 03:30 PM

26. OH gee, hope the kids (and she) are OK.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 02:22 PM

2. Sorry to hear about this. He was a great patriot when it really counted.

Unfortunately, not many were listening to him.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 02:23 PM

3. Never forget.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 02:23 PM

4. I am sorry to hear this. nt

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 02:24 PM

5. This is awful!

And his wife is running for office.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 02:25 PM

6. Safe travels, good sir

A grateful nation thanks you

Peace

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 02:30 PM

7. Oh no!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 02:34 PM

8. R.I.P. to an American patriot.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 02:38 PM

9. I will always remember the 1st time I heard him speak in March of 2003. I was in my pick up ...

going west under I 71 in north Columbus, OH and he said this, "Iraq has 103 different sides and the one
thing they have in common is that they all hate each. Sure we can be in Baghdad in under a week but
I wouldn't wish trying to govern Iraq on my worst enemy." very rough quote.

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Response to Botany (Reply #9)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 05:02 PM

37. What I remember hearing from him on the radio was...

some reporter asked how he was handling all of the press when he and his wife were the subject of every other report, and a lot of the right-wing media were just rat-fucking them all day long. I can't remember exactly, but he said something like "I only watch The Daily Show and the Golf Channel." (I don't think it was actually the Daily Show, but it was something like that. But the second one was definitely the Golf Channel.) The man had a sense of humor.

Rest in Peace, Sir. And thank you for your service.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 02:40 PM

10. "Organ failure" is listed as the cause. Isn't that when you've been sick, suffering from a serious

ailment, like cancer?

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #10)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 09:16 PM

43. I saw him on a video from about a month ago

and he mentioned he had a few weeks left. I also read that he was in hospice care.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 02:46 PM

11. Oh no, that's terrible!

He was an American hero. So sorry to hear this.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 02:51 PM

12. I don't understand

this says "his wife at the time" were they divorced? and she is running for office now. I never saw anything about them splitting up.

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Response to montanacowboy (Reply #12)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 02:59 PM

15. They divorced in 2017.

Still...this seems so young to have passed.

Safe crossing Ambassador.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #15)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 03:26 PM

24. Didn't know that. Thank you.

Now I'm doubly sad.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 02:53 PM

13. So very sorry to read this. RIP,

and thank you for your service, Mr. Wilson.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 02:58 PM

14. Godspeed - An America hero and patriot - thank you for your courage.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 03:03 PM

16. An intelligent, focused man with conscience and courage, he was respected by people of good will.

He worked for peace, always, which put him at odds with Cheney's administration. He was a man of honor.

May he rest in peace now.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 03:05 PM

17. an American hero who was trashed by Republicans for monetary and political gain

not to mention his then-wife, covert CIA operative Valerie Plame

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 03:07 PM

19. Sad news, a real hero who stood against the corrupt

 

RIP good man.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 03:09 PM

20. He is an American Hero. A truth teller in the age of lies.

RIP .

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 03:15 PM

21. A true pillar of strength and American hero. (NT)

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 03:17 PM

22. My Hero

My hero is gone!!!! I loved his book and he gave me strength through the many years of the War on Iraq and my work in The Peace Movement. I pray for Valerie Plame and hope she will continue to run for senate from New Mexico. God Bless you, Joe Wilson, a true patriot!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 03:26 PM

23. Hats off to Wilson, he was a good guy. Hope Valerie wins.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 03:27 PM

25. This is terrible...

 

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 03:34 PM

27. I'm really sorry to hear about this

He was a hero for sure.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 03:36 PM

28. Slow hand salute.






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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 03:41 PM

29. Joe Wilson showed...

courage when it mattered.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 03:45 PM

30. God speed to an American hero and patriot.

My best to his wife, Valerie Plame.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 04:05 PM

31. This is awful news n/t

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 04:11 PM

32. Oh, no! That is terribly sad. Joe Wilson stood up when it really counted...

69 yo is much too young these days.

RIP with our grateful thanks.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 04:20 PM

33. Takes a brave person to speak out publically against the govt when they're working for it!

And the cowards Cheney and W retaliated not against him but against his wife,

Didn't Trump pardon Scooter Libby, the Cheney apparatchik who actually outed her?

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Response to bobbieinok (Reply #33)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 05:04 PM

39. Yes, Trump did.

One low-life covering for another. Skunks don't think they stink.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 04:40 PM

34. RIP, Hero

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 04:51 PM

35. Rest in peace, Joe Wilson.

You were right.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 04:52 PM

36. RIP, Joe. Had there been any justice in the world,

we would be reading Prick Cheney’s obit instead of yours.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 05:02 PM

38. What a loss.

At a time when another whistle blower is in the news, the ultimate whistle blower shuffles off his mortal coil. He was a great man. My most sincere condolences to his family, Valerie most of all. He was a rock.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 05:31 PM

40. We lose another national hero.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 07:35 PM

41. RIP

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 08:21 PM

42. So sad.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 09:45 PM

44. Safe and peaceful crossing, Ambassador.

We are grateful for the fullness of your service and the depth of your patriotism.


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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Fri Sep 27, 2019, 09:48 PM

45. Bad news.

He was one of the few that stood against the bloodlusting Neo-Cons.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sat Sep 28, 2019, 01:26 AM

46. Rest well, Joe

You fought an honorable and good fight

Gone to soon ...

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sat Sep 28, 2019, 01:08 PM

47. R.I.P.

He was a voice in the wilderness. A brave man.

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