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Mylroie: Big Error by O'Neill Author on 60 Minutes
Iraq News News Letter - sam11@erols.com | 1-11-04 | Laurie Mylroie

Posted on 01/11/2004 6:24:22 PM PST by Matchett-PI

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This commentary just arrived in my email from Laurie Myroie publisher of Iraq News newsletter.
1 posted on 01/11/2004 6:24:23 PM PST by Matchett-PI
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2 posted on 01/11/2004 6:24:48 PM PST by Support Free Republic (Hi Mom! Hi Dad!)
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To: Matchett-PI
It frightens me that a man of this kind of judgment was in charge of our treasury.
3 posted on 01/11/2004 6:26:31 PM PST by PianoMan (And now back to practicing)
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To: PianoMan
Ya know there have been 2 wars in Iraq so post war could well refer to War #1 ...it seems like a guy named Bush was also involved ....maybe O'Neil just got his wars confused
4 posted on 01/11/2004 6:31:14 PM PST by woofie
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To: Matchett-PI
Good find! Thanks for the post.
5 posted on 01/11/2004 6:32:08 PM PST by bcoffey
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To: Matchett-PI
I would be disappointed if it turns out that we weren't planning for war in Iraq before 9/11. We were there for a decade sitting on that guy, a decade is more than long enough.

Furthermore, he had bought off several members of the Security Council with contracts that would be useless until sanctions were eliminated, which means that sanctions were on their way out. We were faced with continuing a decade long war until either his allies on the Security Council canceled the sanctions program, or until he died and one of his thirty-something year-old sons took over.

So we were faced with either war without end, or a Saddam emerging from his box with French, German, Russian, and Chinese help at the UN. He would be untouchable at that point.

So it was plain to me that our only hope was too bring him down. I was very afraid we would cut some kind of deal that would leave him in place, or leave the UN with some control over the outcome.
6 posted on 01/11/2004 6:32:45 PM PST by marron
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To: Matchett-PI
Thanks for sharing this. We will pass the word. Make sure Hannity gets it. And Laura Ingraham. And Liddy. And Elder. Etc. Before talk radio, the RATS would just get away with this stuff and it would go unchallenged.
8 posted on 01/11/2004 6:33:50 PM PST by doug from upland (Don't wait until it is too late to stop Hillary -- do something today!)
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To: PianoMan; oldglory; Luke FReeman; MinuteGal; sheikdetailfeather
I agree. Brit Hume's comments about him in the last half hour of Fox News Sunday today, were very insightful.
9 posted on 01/11/2004 6:34:32 PM PST by Matchett-PI (Why do America's enemies desperately want DemocRATS back in power?)
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To: Matchett-PI
O'Neill was fired because he shot off his big mouth, repeatedly saying that the Bush tax cuts were useless. (Which not only was politically stupid and disloyal, but untrue.) He just wouldn't shut up, so they had to fire him. Now, he's obviously resentful and trying to get back at Bush.
10 posted on 01/11/2004 6:35:23 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: bcoffey
You're welcome! :)
11 posted on 01/11/2004 6:35:33 PM PST by Matchett-PI (Why do America's enemies desperately want DemocRATS back in power?)
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To: Matchett-PI
This should be in breaking news. Keep it bumped!!!
12 posted on 01/11/2004 6:40:25 PM PST by doug from upland (Don't wait until it is too late to stop Hillary -- do something today!)
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To: marron
It isn't as if we don't have contingency plans for regime change in some more countries, too, unless they decide to stop aiding and abetting the terrorists/barbarians that threaten the security of the civilized world.
13 posted on 01/11/2004 6:40:28 PM PST by Matchett-PI (Why do America's enemies desperately want DemocRATS back in power?)
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To: Matchett-PI
And what are we to make of O'Neill's bigger claims, including that the Iraq war was planned from the first days of the Bush administration (cited by Wesley Clark today to buttress his assertion that there was no need for the war, it was all political)?
That our president understood the dynamics of terrorism even before 9/11?
14 posted on 01/11/2004 6:40:28 PM PST by samtheman
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To: Wolfgang_Blitzkrieg
Exactly.
15 posted on 01/11/2004 6:42:16 PM PST by Matchett-PI (Why do America's enemies desperately want DemocRATS back in power?)
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To: Matchett-PI; Miss Marple; Howlin
Thanks for posting this from Laurie Mylroi.

Howlin - you may wish to use your ping list. O'Neill caught in a whopper of a lie.
16 posted on 01/11/2004 6:43:13 PM PST by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: doug from upland
You're welcome. This book is already dead in the water.
17 posted on 01/11/2004 6:43:51 PM PST by Matchett-PI (Why do America's enemies desperately want DemocRATS back in power?)
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To: Matchett-PI
If this doesn't get much attention tonight, please consider re-posting it tomorrow. I'm sure the Admin. Moderator won't mind if you/we ask nicely!
18 posted on 01/11/2004 6:44:17 PM PST by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Matchett-PI
I agree. Brit Hume's comments about him in the last half hour of Fox News Sunday today, were very insightful. Which were?
19 posted on 01/11/2004 6:44:45 PM PST by nj_pilot
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To: Matchett-PI
This is Bush's fault for putting a guy who was opposed to his agenda in high office. We will probably be seeing similar things from Colin Powell (though not so blatant) after he leaves office and wants to differentiate himself from Bush.
20 posted on 01/11/2004 6:45:17 PM PST by Honestfreedom
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To: Cicero
Hey Mr. O'Neill, put a sock in it, willya?!
21 posted on 01/11/2004 6:45:26 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: doug from upland
This political treachery by CBS, for their lovechild, sinkEmperor, ranks right up there with their effort to stage a war for their airing (yes, they really did try to do that in South America).
22 posted on 01/11/2004 6:45:30 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: Cicero
You're right. As Brit Hume said, "It has always been 'all about him' from the beginning."
23 posted on 01/11/2004 6:45:31 PM PST by Matchett-PI (Why do America's enemies desperately want DemocRATS back in power?)
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To: Matchett-PI
The Dems got him over to the dark side somehow!!! Could it be money?
24 posted on 01/11/2004 6:45:38 PM PST by The Raven
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To: Cicero
The Democrats and CBS had no use for O'Neill until he turned against Bush. Now, he's the top story for almost a week.
25 posted on 01/11/2004 6:46:31 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: doug from upland
And what about the claim that at least one of these documents were marked "Secret"...
26 posted on 01/11/2004 6:47:10 PM PST by tet68
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To: BartMan1; Nailbiter; M. Thatcher
Important ping...
27 posted on 01/11/2004 6:47:29 PM PST by IncPen ( Remember: Make your comments worthy of a repost at DU!)
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To: Peach
OK!
28 posted on 01/11/2004 6:47:37 PM PST by Matchett-PI (Why do America's enemies desperately want DemocRATS back in power?)
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To: Matchett-PI
Thanks. And tell Laurie she has a lot of fans here!
29 posted on 01/11/2004 6:48:10 PM PST by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: PianoMan
It frightens me that a man of this kind of judgment was in charge of our treasury.

What should be of greater concern is that, instead of by statesmen, our government is largely run by political hacks now. Were it not for the 2nd amendment, we could all be doomed.

30 posted on 01/11/2004 6:48:35 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("...the right of THE PEOPLE to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.")
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To: Peach
Laurie Mylroie bump!
31 posted on 01/11/2004 6:49:39 PM PST by NutCrackerBoy
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To: Dog Gone
They're very particular about which whistleblowers they choose to champion aren't they?
32 posted on 01/11/2004 6:50:18 PM PST by wolf24
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To: Matchett-PI
The key part of the story is this:

Ron Suskind, author of The Price of Loyalty...

This book was not written by O'Neill. It was written by Suskind. And what does he know? For that matter, what does O'Neill know? He did not even know what was going on in the Treasury Dept., which was his charge. How the heck can he claim to be an authority on the President's Iraq policy?

33 posted on 01/11/2004 6:50:18 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: nj_pilot
Brit's main points amounted to "It has always been only about him (O'Neill) from the very beginning." I would have to rewind my videotape, record his words on an audio tape, and then transcribe them to get his whole commentary. I don't have the time right now.
34 posted on 01/11/2004 6:51:26 PM PST by Matchett-PI (Why do America's enemies desperately want DemocRATS back in power?)
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To: Matchett-PI
In late 2000 and early 2001, the Iraqi regime was trying increasingly hard to shoot down US planes enforcing the no-fly zones. That may well have opened up discussion about overthrowing Saddam...

And also remember that the position of the United States, formally voted by Congress in 1998 and backed by Clinton and Gore, was to seek the overthrow of Saddam. It would be absurdly negligent to not even have plans to do the same.

35 posted on 01/11/2004 6:52:00 PM PST by DWPittelli
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To: Honestfreedom
We will probably be seeing similar things from Colin Powell (though not so blatant) after he leaves office and wants to differentiate himself from Bush.

Colin Powell is an honorable man. The suggestion that he would pull a Paul O'Neill is ridiculous.

36 posted on 01/11/2004 6:52:20 PM PST by NutCrackerBoy
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To: Matchett-PI
This guys fifteen minutes will be gone in a few days....
37 posted on 01/11/2004 6:55:06 PM PST by Always Right
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To: All
I used to somewhat support O'Neill because he supported the FairTax.

After this and going to Africa.....thank you for getting rid of him Dubya.

I hope the door kicked him in the ass on the way out.
38 posted on 01/11/2004 6:57:21 PM PST by rwfromkansas ("Men stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up as if nothing had happened." Churchill)
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To: nj_pilot
I agree. Brit Hume's comments about him in the last half hour of Fox News Sunday today, were very insightful.

Which were?

Brit Hume: How could O’Neill say there was a "Master plan for Iraq" back then when the democRATs line now is "There was no plan for Iraq".

Heh..it's almost Perry Mason-esque. Brit takes the RAT's own words and proves beyond a shadow of doubt his RAT duplicity. Brit is the only news analyst I trust.

39 posted on 01/11/2004 6:57:25 PM PST by evad (Welcome back Joe Gibbs...we've been waitin')
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To: PianoMan
Luckily O'Neil spent a goodly part of his time carrying Bono's purse and so was out of the loop.
40 posted on 01/11/2004 6:59:02 PM PST by OldFriend (Always understand, even if you remain among the few)
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To: Matchett-PI
Indeed, when this story first broke yesterday, the Drudge Report had the Judicial Watch document linked (no one at CBS News saw that, so they could correct the error, when the show aired?)

Pesky facts will never get in the way of the CBS / DNC agenda.

41 posted on 01/11/2004 7:00:16 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Peach
Have to agree, this ought to be up top first thing tomorrow morning and kept up top!
42 posted on 01/11/2004 7:00:21 PM PST by OldFriend (Always understand, even if you remain among the few)
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To: Matchett-PI
I didn't watch, because I knew it was a liberal hitpiece, with slanted facts, biased information, and manipulation for viewers. (In essence, perfect for the Communist Broadcast Society)
43 posted on 01/11/2004 7:00:54 PM PST by Maigrey (I am a member of PETA: People for the Eating of Tasty Animals!)
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To: Honestfreedom
A snake will do what a snake always does. GWB gives evidence of being quite confident in his snake handling abilities.

You've heard the phrase, "Walk softly and carry a big stick", I'm sure. Bush walks softly and carries a big, heavy burlap bag with a tight drawstring at the top, along with his stick. Hahahaha

44 posted on 01/11/2004 7:02:43 PM PST by Matchett-PI (Why do America's enemies desperately want DemocRATS back in power?)
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To: Mo1
ping Mo1
45 posted on 01/11/2004 7:02:48 PM PST by prairiebreeze (I'm a monthly donor to FR. And proud of it!)
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To: The Raven
Maybe he was a mole all along.
46 posted on 01/11/2004 7:03:00 PM PST by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
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To: Maigrey
CBS still smarting over their Michael Jackson fiasco and now this.

Someone ought to ask them if they deliberately misrepresented this document in their effort to harm the President's credibility or they simply didn't bother to check the facts.

47 posted on 01/11/2004 7:03:12 PM PST by OldFriend (Always understand, even if you remain among the few)
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To: Matchett-PI
Brit's main points amounted to "It has always been only about him (O'Neill) from the very beginning." I would have to rewind my videotape, record his words on an audio tape, and then transcribe them to get his whole commentary. I don't have the time right now. Funny how the bitter noise of a disgruntled former employee suddenly make news, no?
48 posted on 01/11/2004 7:04:39 PM PST by nj_pilot
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To: Matchett-PI
Great post. Thanks. I'm in the middle of Laurie Mylroie's The War Against America...very, very good.
49 posted on 01/11/2004 7:04:40 PM PST by PGalt
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To: Peach
Will do! She knows it, though. She reads Free Republic herself.
50 posted on 01/11/2004 7:05:05 PM PST by Matchett-PI (Why do America's enemies desperately want DemocRATS back in power?)
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