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Lid Blown Off O'Neill/Suskind Hoax
Power Line ^ | 1/12/04 | Hindrocket

Posted on 01/12/2004 12:12:01 PM PST by mondonico

Laurie Mylroie sent out an email about Paul O'Neill's appearance on 60 Minutes last night; she notes what appears to be a major error in Ron Suskind's book, which casts doubt on the credibility of both Suskind and O'Neill. Here is the key portion of Mylroie's email:

"In his appearance this evening on '60 Minutes,' Ron Suskind, author of The Price of Loyalty, based to a large extent on information from former Secretary of the Treasury Paul O'Neill, made an astonishing, very serious misstatement.

"Suskind claimed he has documents showing that preparations for the Iraq war were well underway before 9-11. He cited--and even showed--what he said was a Pentagon document, entitled, 'Foreign Suitors for Iraq Oilfield Contracts.' He claimed the document was about planning for post-war Iraq oil (CBS's promotional story also contained that claim): http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/01/09/60minutes/printable592330.shtml

"But that is not a Pentagon document. It's from the Vice-President's Office. It was part of the Energy Project that was the focus of Dick Cheney's attention before the 9/11 strikes.

"And the document has nothing to do with post-war Iraq. It was part of a study of global oil supplies. Judicial Watch obtained it in a law suit and posted it, along with related documents, on its website at: http://www.judicialwatch.org/071703.c_.shtml 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?)"

What Mylroie says about the "Foreign Suitors" document is correct. The Judicial Watch link still works as of this morning, and as you can easily see, the document, dated March 5, 2001, has nothing to do with post-war planning. It is merely a list of existing and proposed "Iraqi Oil & Gas Projects" as of that date. And it includes projects in Iraq by countries that obviously would not have been part of any "post-war" plans of the Bush administration, such as, for example, Vietnam.

So Suskind (and apparently O'Neill) misrepresented this document, which appears to be a significant part of their case, given that Suskind displayed in on 60 Minutes. It would not be possible for anyone operating in good faith to represent the document as Suskind did.

But the truth is even worse than Mylroie pointed out in her email. The CBS promo linked to above says that this document "includes a map of potential areas for exploration. 'It talks about contractors around the world from, you know, 30-40 countries. And which ones have what intentions,' says Suskind. 'On oil in Iraq.'"

True enough; there is a "map of potential areas for exploration" in Iraq here. But what Paul O'Neill and Ron Suskind don't tell you is that the very same set of documents that contain the Iraq map and the list of Iraqi oil projects contain the same maps and similar lists of projects for the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia! When documents are produced in litigation (in this case, the Judicial Watch lawsuit relating to Cheney's energy task force), they are numbered sequentially. The two-page "Iraqi Oil Suitors" document that Suskind breathlessly touts is numbered DOC044-0006 through DOC044-0007. The Iraq oil map comes right before the list of Iraqi projects; it is numbered DOC044-0005.

DOC044-0001 is a map of oil fields in the United Arab Emirates. DOC044-0002 is a list of oil and gas development projects then going on in the United Arab Emirates. DOC044-0003 is a map of oil fields in Saudi Arabia. DOC044-0004 is a list of oil and gas projects in Saudi Arabia. So the "smoking gun" documents that Suskind and O'Neill claim prove that the administration was planning to invade Iraq in March 2001 are part of a package that includes identical documents relating to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Does Paul O'Neill claim the administration was planning on invading them, too? Or, as Mylroie says, was this merely part of the administration's analysis of sources of energy in the 21st century?

There is only one possible conclusion: Paul O'Neill and Ron Suskind are attempting to perpetrate a massive hoax on the American people.


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Interesting--I hope this gets legs, and cuts our O'Neill's from under him.
1 posted on 01/12/2004 12:12:02 PM PST by mondonico
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To: mondonico
The author "Hindrocket" is John H. Hinderaker.
2 posted on 01/12/2004 12:14:18 PM PST by mondonico (Peace through Superior Firepower)
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To: Howlin; redlipstick
Interesting article here.
3 posted on 01/12/2004 12:16:59 PM PST by Southflanknorthpawsis
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To: Southflanknorthpawsis
Bump and mark.
4 posted on 01/12/2004 12:17:53 PM PST by EllaMinnow (I miss Chancellor Palpatine. Heck, I even miss Illbay.)
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To: mondonico
INTREP - spread the word far and wide.
5 posted on 01/12/2004 12:18:03 PM PST by LiteKeeper
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To: mondonico
Good find, and great article.

Pity no one will ever read it...

6 posted on 01/12/2004 12:21:56 PM PST by Old Sarge (149th Armd' Bde, KyARNG: Bosnia-bound. Remember Them.)
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To: Old Sarge
Keep bumping it, you never know who's reading FR....maybe it'll get a mention on talk radio or in a 'blog....
7 posted on 01/12/2004 12:23:34 PM PST by mondonico (Peace through Superior Firepower)
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To: mondonico; gubamyster; Grampa Dave; quidnunc
If O'Neill thinks that document has anything to do with war plans and such he's very much an amateur and ignoramus.

I looked at it. It looked just like a list of contracts/discussions with Iraq probably synthesized from industry publications. It's a nothing...but I noticed there were quite a few Canadian companies dealing with Saddam...
8 posted on 01/12/2004 12:23:55 PM PST by Shermy
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To: mondonico
Great find.
9 posted on 01/12/2004 12:25:52 PM PST by TigersEye ("Where there is life there is hope!" - Terri Schiavo)
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To: mondonico
If O'Neill thinks that document is special, take a look at this public government document.

http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/cabs/iraq.html

Must be a conspiracy...
10 posted on 01/12/2004 12:27:23 PM PST by Shermy
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To: Southflanknorthpawsis; YaYa123; Miss Marple
Thanks.
11 posted on 01/12/2004 12:28:52 PM PST by Howlin (I expect to see this quoted on LP. :-))
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To: Shermy
Perhaps O'Neil can skate on the amateur ignoramus excuse but SeeBS can't.
12 posted on 01/12/2004 12:29:27 PM PST by TigersEye ("Where there is life there is hope!" - Terri Schiavo)
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To: mondonico
maybe it'll get a mention on talk radio or in a 'blog....

HUH?!? Take a good look - this IS a blog.

The lie was put on the mainstream media; the truth is on a blog. Who do you really think the herd will see, let alone believe?

13 posted on 01/12/2004 12:31:05 PM PST by Old Sarge (149th Armd' Bde, KyARNG: Bosnia-bound. Remember Them.)
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To: mondonico
bttt
14 posted on 01/12/2004 12:33:18 PM PST by CyberCowboy777 (It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious.)
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To: mhking
ping
15 posted on 01/12/2004 12:38:18 PM PST by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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To: Old Sarge
Currently breaking news on cnnfn.com
16 posted on 01/12/2004 12:38:58 PM PST by groanup (Whom the market gods humble they first make proud.)
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To: Old Sarge
HUH?!? Take a good look - this IS a blog.

I meant a professional pundit's 'blog--one of the ones that the lamestream media increasingly relies upon to do the reporting they are too lazy to do themselves.
17 posted on 01/12/2004 12:41:10 PM PST by mondonico (Peace through Superior Firepower)
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To: groanup
"Currently breaking news on cnnfn.com"

Exxxxxxcellent!
18 posted on 01/12/2004 12:41:44 PM PST by mondonico (Peace through Superior Firepower)
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To: Old Sarge
Do you believe what you see or hear on SeeBS or any other corporate media outlet? Neither do I and when someone says "I heard on...(insert name of media liar)..." you should laugh, cough, choke, roll your eyes, groan, titter knowingly (OK, as a man I won't do that one either), guffaw or simply shake your head then turn away as if they just ceased to exist. Anyone who gets their information from the alphabet liars should be treated like the intellectual three year olds that they are.
19 posted on 01/12/2004 12:43:52 PM PST by TigersEye ("Where there is life there is hope!" - Terri Schiavo)
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To: TigersEye
I concur, FRiend, I concur...

I just don't like the 10,000 - 1 force ratio, that's all.

20 posted on 01/12/2004 12:45:16 PM PST by Old Sarge (149th Armd' Bde, KyARNG: Bosnia-bound. Remember Them.)
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To: mondonico
CNN has a poll asking "Do you believe Paul O'Neill when he says President Bush had pre-9/11 plans to go to war with Iraq?"

71,837 yes - 66%
36,349 no - 34%

I just can't believe this.
21 posted on 01/12/2004 12:46:54 PM PST by Texagirl4W (You should not confuse your career with your life.)
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BIG BUMP
22 posted on 01/12/2004 12:46:58 PM PST by Southflanknorthpawsis
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To: mondonico
Hold for breaking news on FNC re O'Neill.
23 posted on 01/12/2004 12:47:40 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Proud member - Neoconservative Power Vortex)
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To: mondonico
The story needs legs. Help it out....
24 posted on 01/12/2004 12:47:54 PM PST by Bobsat
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To: Bobsat
Bump
25 posted on 01/12/2004 12:49:00 PM PST by mondonico (Peace through Superior Firepower)
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To: Old Sarge
:-) It will change, it will change. It begins by depriving them of any serious consideration through depriving their viewers of the same. (regarding news anyway)
26 posted on 01/12/2004 12:50:40 PM PST by TigersEye ("Where there is life there is hope!" - Terri Schiavo)
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To: mondonico
But...there was a plan in place before 9/11...CNN told me so...

The Iraqi leader was given a final warning six weeks ago, Clinton said, when Baghdad promised to cooperate with U.N. inspectors at the last minute just as U.S. warplanes were headed its way.

"Along with Prime Minister (Tony) Blair of Great Britain, I made it equally clear that if Saddam failed to cooperate fully we would be prepared to act without delay, diplomacy or warning," Clinton said.

"In halting our airstrikes in November, I gave Saddam a chance -- not a license. If we turn our backs on his defiance, the credibility of U.S. power as a check against Saddam will be destroyed," the president explained.

Clinton also called Hussein a threat to his people and to the security of the world. "The best way to end that threat once and for all is with a new Iraqi government -- a government ready to live in peace with its neighbors, a government that respects the rights of its people," Clinton said. Such a change in Baghdad would take time and effort, Clinton said, adding that his administration would work with Iraqi opposition forces.

"Saddam Hussein and the other enemies of peace may have thought that the serious debate currently before the House of Representatives would distract Americans or weaken our resolve to face him down," he said. "But once more, the United States has proven that although we are never eager to use force, when we must act in America's vital interests, we will do so."

CNN

Clinton just didn't have the b*lls to make it happen, GWB did.

27 posted on 01/12/2004 12:52:27 PM PST by ravingnutter
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To: mondonico
Andrew Sullivan is providing a link to this article.
28 posted on 01/12/2004 12:54:01 PM PST by illini20
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To: Jonx6
ping.

BTW, why do you waste your time on Clymers?
29 posted on 01/12/2004 12:54:12 PM PST by TXFireman
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To: mondonico
CBS NEWS said: "He obtained one Pentagon document, dated March 5, 2001, and entitled "Foreign Suitors for Iraqi Oilfield contracts," which includes a map of potential areas for exploration."

It may only be a blog but they caught that this document is not from the Pentegon but is part of VP Cheney's Energy Data dump. O'Neill lied in the book and CBS did not check.

30 posted on 01/12/2004 12:56:59 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Proud member - Neoconservative Power Vortex)
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To: mondonico
Send a link to the original article to Best of the Web.
31 posted on 01/12/2004 12:59:06 PM PST by Eva
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To: mondonico
We should all thank Powerline for their powerful blogging!
32 posted on 01/12/2004 1:04:41 PM PST by conservativecorner
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To: Mike Darancette
Just heard it on fox.
33 posted on 01/12/2004 1:04:48 PM PST by sopwith (don't tread on me)
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To: mondonico
Re O'Neill, the old adage that clothes make the man was never truer.


34 posted on 01/12/2004 1:05:06 PM PST by Bedford Forrest (Roger, Contact, Judy, Out. Fox One. Splash one.<I>)
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To: Texagirl4W
What fools that watch CNN. Again if I were running this country I shut them down for all of the fraudulant crapola that they spew, especially during the beginnings of the war.
35 posted on 01/12/2004 1:08:23 PM PST by Digger
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To: mondonico; dorben
Hoax funded, no doubt, by the same sources that fund moveon.com, an obscenely rich criminally insane Jewish Gentleman and the totally self absorbed hedonistic faux intelligencia of Hollywood.

These two greedy manipulated puppets didn't think up the
sting by themselves.
36 posted on 01/12/2004 1:10:09 PM PST by wingnuts'nbolts
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To: Old Sarge
Good find, and great article. Pity no one will ever read it...

Pretty good shot Hugh Hewitt will pick it up on his radio show. This is from Powerline, one of the "Northern Alliance of Blogs" of which Mr. Hewitt is "commisioner."

More and more professional pundits and journalists are tuned into the blogosphere.

37 posted on 01/12/2004 1:10:19 PM PST by Snuffington
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To: mondonico
And the document has nothing to do with post-war Iraq. It was part of a study of global oil supplies. Judicial Watch obtained it in a law suit and posted it, along with related documents

There is nobody in the world who is as relieved as Paul O'Neil to find out that document is not important at all. I just heard on ABC news that the Treasury Dept is launching an investigation in to how O'Neil got a copy of this document (did he take it with him when he left). The Whitehouse has taken the high road and decided to ignore the mjority of the charges but this document has the potential to be ugly. not that it is anyway accurate, but it does imply that there was a plan to divvy up world oil between the administration's buddies. This charge (and no others- they are all ridiculouos) should be addressed.

38 posted on 01/12/2004 1:16:15 PM PST by rbessenger
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To: mondonico
Paul O'Neill = Ramsey Clark = total moron

Every generation has it's icon for the I Just Don't Get It crowd.
39 posted on 01/12/2004 1:16:27 PM PST by clownboy
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To: Eva
Me too!
40 posted on 01/12/2004 1:22:48 PM PST by mondonico (Peace through Superior Firepower)
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To: mondonico
bump
41 posted on 01/12/2004 1:24:23 PM PST by RippleFire
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To: Bedford Forrest
Re O'Neill, the old adage that clothes make the man was never truer.

He looks good in stripes. :-)

42 posted on 01/12/2004 1:25:12 PM PST by Howlin (I expect to see this quoted on LP. :-))
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To: mondonico; Peach
"Laurie Mylroie sent out an email about Paul O'Neill's appearance on 60 Minutes last night..."

She sure did:)

BTTT!!

43 posted on 01/12/2004 1:29:56 PM PST by Matchett-PI (Why do America's enemies desperately want DemocRATS back in power?)
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To: mondonico; Alamo-Girl; kattracks
Bump. How did this lying shyster ever get appointed?!
44 posted on 01/12/2004 1:31:21 PM PST by Paul Ross (Reform Islam Now! -- Nuke Mecca!)
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To: mondonico
Methinks the former Treasury Secretary has over-reached.

Hopefully he will get his pee-pee whacked real good.

45 posted on 01/12/2004 1:33:17 PM PST by DoctorMichael (Thats my story, and I'm sticking to it.)
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To: Matchett-PI
Thanks. Didn't see that post.
46 posted on 01/12/2004 1:38:20 PM PST by mondonico (Peace through Superior Firepower)
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To: Matchett-PI
Bump
47 posted on 01/12/2004 1:59:07 PM PST by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: mondonico
Update:

Instapundit has picked up on the Powerline piece as well. That's a major traffic site. Add that to Andrew Sullivan linking it, and I'd say this story is beginning to break into the mainstream.

But the investigation into possible security violations by O'Neill may drown it out.

48 posted on 01/12/2004 2:17:35 PM PST by Snuffington
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To: ravingnutter
Clinton just didn't have the b*lls to make it happen...

Mainly because they were otherwise occupied.

50 posted on 01/12/2004 3:03:43 PM PST by Noumenon (I don't have enough guns and ammo to start a war - but I do have enough to finish one.)
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