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Thursday, November 03, 2005
  Phase II...more smoke and mirrors

Posted by: Fran Thursday, November 03, 2005

Re: Plamegate doesn't look likely to unravel Bush's presidency:

by Jonah Goldberg

An op-ed is by definition an opinion.

However, Jonah seems to confuse having opinions and having opinions about facts.

His sentence:

And so, even though the Senate Intelligence Committee has already investigated prewar intelligence, minority leader Sen. Harry Reid (D., Nev.) and his minions want a do-over.

...is a blatant misrepresentation of the facts concerning the Senate Intelligence Committee’s commitment to investigate prewar intelligence.

His opinion seems to suggest that the committee has completed it’s investigation. Wrong. The investigation began before the 2004 elections. The Democrats, to remove any suggestion that they were trying to influence the outcome of the 2004 elections, agreed to break the investigation into two phases. Phase II, bottled up in committee by Sen Roberts, as stated on Media Matters:

In a July 13, 2004, press conference, Roberts elaborated that phase two would include three things: 1) "what the intelligence community said in regards to what would happen after the military mission was over"; 2) the role of the Defense Department's Office of Special Plans, led by undersecretary Douglas Feith; and 3) "the use question" in which the committee would "look at the public statements of any administration official and public official ... and compare it with the intelligence and what we have found out in regards to the inquiry."

On April 10, 2005 on Meet the Press, Roberts was asked about Phase II:

MR. RUSSERT: Two days later you were on MEET THE PRESS, both of you, and I asked you specifically about phase two of your investigation, looking into the shaping of intelligence, and you said this.

(Videotape, July 11, 2004):

SEN. ROBERTS: Even as I'm speaking, our staff is working on phase two and we will get it done.

(End videotape)

To suggest that any of this has happened is disingenuous at best, if not outright lying.

Jonah seems to have gone to the Bush administrations school of selling a war. Pick only the facts that support your position. It’s a shame that Jonah can’t have opinions about the facts.

 
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