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To: okie01
If I needed glasses, I'd get some.

Or ask for the documents later.

But maybe he doesn't want to know. Doesn't help him.

I omitted a lot of comment, :) . Note my question:

"In media reports Wilson is usually introduced as the person who disproved President Bush’s State of the Union speech claim that Iraq sought uranium in Africa, Bush’s “famous sixteen words.” But did he disprove that? Has he ever claimed that, and if so, does he still so claim?"


It is often claimed that he disproved the speech. Did he himself ever claim so? In his editorial he arguably does so by innuendo - the sole dramatic high-point, the reference to the state department fact sheet. Every thing I read he said after the editorial didn't say so. His criticisms of Bush never revisit this issue, the issue that made him famous. That's why I think my four questions would help clarify things.

Regarding the documents, maybe someone leaked them to select reporters after the initial hubbub to quiet things down...


26 posted on 04/16/2004 6:26:01 PM PDT by Shermy
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To: Shermy; Jeff Gannon
"But did he disprove that? Has he ever claimed that, and if so, does he still so claim?"

You've described the nub of the issue. Any fair reading of his published claims reveals that Wilson did not, ipso facto, disprove Bush's statement. And, in his initial interviews, he qualifies his testimony accordingly.

However, his op-ed clearly infers that the facts contradict Bush's statement. And his interviewers operate on the assumption that they do, never acknowledging his disclaimers.

It is a very skilled act. It seems to me that somebody with inside media knowledge must have cleverly guided Wilson in how to manage this subtle outcome. Pincus?

I, too, wonder how Wilson would respond to your question. Can he afford to be honest now? Or does he now believe the lie he himself propounded?

28 posted on 04/16/2004 6:49:15 PM PDT by okie01 (www.ArmorforCongress.com...because Congress isn't for the morally halt and the mentally lame.)
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To: Shermy
Excellent..Thank you for the research.
36 posted on 04/20/2004 3:03:16 AM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
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