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To Show Loyalty, Rice Lies for Bush
New York Observer ^ | Joe Conason

Posted on 07/18/2003 5:42:51 AM PDT by conservative forever

According to contemporary political lore, the Bush clan exalts loyalty above every other virtue. Other politicians envy that inviolable code, whose power is reflected in the absence of leaks from the White House, in the lockstep obedience of politicians in Congress and around the country, and in the enormous cash donations from hundreds of wealthy "friends." This is how dynasties are built to endure.

But at the highest level, in the inner councils, such feudal allegiances often require awful sacrifice and compromise. For those who now work for George W. Bush, loyalty means surrendering professional integrity and accepting public humiliation. Loyalty means uttering words and phrases that nobody can believe. Loyalty means misleading the people and the press about the gravest matters of state.

Loyalty means lying.

Consider the poignant case of Condoleezza Rice, who entered this administration as a respected academic expert on Russian affairs and the former provost of Stanford University. Unlike some of the figures around the President, Dr. Rice had no serious blots on her reputation when she was appointed national security advisor. From a family that suffered the indignities and deprivations of segregated Alabama, she has long been admired as an African-American woman who rose by dint of personal effort and scholarly ability as well as affirmative action. The list of honors, degrees, directorships and other achievements on her official résumé is extraordinary.

After serving in the first Bush White House on the National Security Council, and then a stint in the 2000 campaign as a discreet adviser on foreign affairs, she had come to be regarded by the political clan as among its most reliable members. Sometimes she almost appeared to have been adopted by the President and his family.

But during the past two years of international crisis, Dr. Rice has been dispatched to prevaricate repeatedly in defense of her boss. She was caught spreading a false story about Sept. 11, claiming that Air Force One flew the President to Oklahoma after the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon because "intelligence" indicated that terrorists were aiming for the White House and the Presidential jet. Later she testified that the U.S. government had never anticipated an assault by airliner, when in fact there had been many warnings of exactly such tactics—most notably during the summer of 2001, when Western intelligence services set up anti-aircraft batteries around the Genoa summit to protect the President.

Memories are short in this country, so Dr. Rice escaped those embarrassing incidents with her reputation more or less intact. Then last year, as the determination of the White House to wage war on Iraq became plain, she began to promote dubious stories about Saddam Hussein’s regime. As national security advisor, she had access to all of the sensitive intelligence about Iraq, so the press and Congress took her pronouncements seriously.

More than anyone other than the President himself, Dr. Rice stoked fears about a "mushroom cloud" rising over an American city unless the U.S. waged war on Iraq. To promote such dread, she warned that a shipment of aluminum tubes purchased by the Iraqis could only be intended for a uranium-enrichment device. Long after the International Atomic Energy Authority debunked that claim, the national security advisor continued to insist that it must be true.

Still, she had gotten away with those whoppers as well, thanks to the complaisant national press corps. Lately, however, she has engaged in deceptions that are too obvious and too simple to ignore. Not only is she responsible for the false allegation about Niger uranium in the State of the Union address, but she dishonorably forced C.I.A. director George Tenet to say that was his fault rather than hers.

Dr. Rice knew that the C.I.A. had questioned the veracity of the Niger uranium tale. She knew because Mr. Tenet had warned her deputy, Stephen Hadley, of its dubious quality three months earlier. Yet she permitted that sentence to be uttered by the President. Now she tells us that those 16 words were "accurate" because the information was attributed to British intelligence. She wants us to believe that until last month she had never heard about the mission to Niger undertaken by former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, who reported back to the C.I.A. and the State Department that the Niger uranium story was a fake.

But neither she nor the President, nor anyone else in authority, ever cared whether that story was true. It merely served a purpose, like the "aluminum tubes" allegation, and the assertion that Saddam was assisting Al Qaeda, and the other prewar "intelligence" myths designed to excite belligerence and undermine the U.N. inspection process.

Dr. Rice played her role in that campaign with consummate loyalty indeed. She continues to do so, and in the process she has damaged herself permanently for an unscrupulous family of politicians. I hope they’re grateful.

You may reach Joe Conason via email at: jconason@observer.com.


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1 posted on 07/18/2003 5:42:51 AM PDT by conservative forever
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To: conservative forever
Is there extant a commentator more noisome and odious than Joe Conason?
2 posted on 07/18/2003 5:45:48 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Hey, You Never Know!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
noi·some ( P ) Pronunciation Key (noism)
adj.

Offensive to the point of arousing disgust; foul: a noisome odor.
3 posted on 07/18/2003 5:46:54 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: conservative forever

ZOT!
4 posted on 07/18/2003 5:46:58 AM PDT by SquirrelKing ("A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel." - Robert Frost)
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To: All

Let's keep the Dem's on the run!
Click the Pic!

5 posted on 07/18/2003 5:47:01 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Short answer: no.
6 posted on 07/18/2003 5:47:19 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: SquirrelKing
Excellent! I had not thought to check sign-up date.
7 posted on 07/18/2003 5:48:21 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: conservative forever
Nice try with the screen name choice, but we've got your number.
8 posted on 07/18/2003 5:48:36 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: conservative forever
"I come from the land of the ice and snow........."
9 posted on 07/18/2003 5:48:40 AM PDT by Skooz (Tagline removed by moderator)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I'd have to say no. Mark Morford is simply a lunatic. Michael Moore is a sideshow. Maureen Dowd is just a sad old lady.

But Joe Conason is a vicious character assassin who lies in order to further a very specific agenda.

10 posted on 07/18/2003 5:48:57 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave soldiers and their Commander in Chief)
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To: Constitution Day; Poohbah; BlueLancer; hellinahandcart; jriemer; Zavien Doombringer

11 posted on 07/18/2003 5:49:25 AM PDT by dighton (NLC™)
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To: conservative forever
Thanks for joining up today; I love it when someone signs up to post a hit piece for their first post.

Let the games begin.
12 posted on 07/18/2003 5:49:39 AM PDT by MattMa (I'm not a victim, I am a conservative and if you get to close, I just may bite.)
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To: conservative forever; dighton; Zavien Doombringer; jriemer; 4mycountry; TheBigB

ZOT!!

13 posted on 07/18/2003 5:49:57 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Miss Marple
Excellent! I had not thought to check sign-up date.

Hey, I calls 'em like I sees 'em.

14 posted on 07/18/2003 5:50:14 AM PDT by SquirrelKing ("A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel." - Robert Frost)
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To: conservative forever; dighton
Another fiendishly clever disguise!
15 posted on 07/18/2003 5:50:16 AM PDT by hellinahandcart
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To: conservative forever
Dr. Rice knew that the C.I.A. had questioned the veracity of the Niger uranium tale. She knew because Mr. Tenet had warned her deputy, Stephen Hadley, of its dubious quality three months earlier. Yet she permitted that sentence to be uttered by the President.

Hey Joe, do you even care to find out what the sentence was Bush stated in the SOTU? I doubt it, since you're such a lying leftist, BS'r yourself!

/anger

16 posted on 07/18/2003 5:50:52 AM PDT by sirchtruth
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To: dighton
That wouldn't be the third rail, would it?
17 posted on 07/18/2003 5:51:40 AM PDT by kakkatekoi
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To: conservative forever
Is this her? Is this the Liar?

National Security Chief.......

Obligatory Photo

Yep, that's her. Eat your heart out you semi-competant liberals.

18 posted on 07/18/2003 5:51:41 AM PDT by bert (Don't Panic!)
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To: conservative forever
I don't believe Rice would lie for her mother, father or the Virgin Mary.

She's polticially savy enough to emphasize part of reality over various unmentioned parts for reasonable benefit.

I don't consider that lying depending on the limits involved.
19 posted on 07/18/2003 5:52:08 AM PDT by Quix (PLEASE SHARE THE TRUTH RE BILLDO AND SHRILLERY FAR AND WIDE)
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To: hellinahandcart
Another fiendishly clever disguise!

LOL. He'll probably reappear with the screen name "notaDUmember"

20 posted on 07/18/2003 5:52:28 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: conservative forever; dighton; aculeus; general_re; Constitution Day; hellinahandcart; L,TOWM

VARMINT CONG ALERT!!!
Bitteria Whiningus Lunaticium subspecies
21 posted on 07/18/2003 5:52:34 AM PDT by BlueLancer (Der Elite Møøsenspåånkængruppen ØberKømmååndø (EMØØK))
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To: Constitution Day

Post Zot....
22 posted on 07/18/2003 5:53:49 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (The Preview button is for wimps!)
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To: conservative forever
I think it's interesting that, when seeking to make their case, the trolls go for the laughable and absurd. In this case, Conason.

Bush won. Get over it.
23 posted on 07/18/2003 5:54:51 AM PDT by IncPen (The liberal's reward is self-disgust.)
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To: conservative forever
bye bye
24 posted on 07/18/2003 5:55:21 AM PDT by CathyRyan
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Wow!
25 posted on 07/18/2003 5:55:54 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: bert
That, Bert, I believe, is a future President of the US
26 posted on 07/18/2003 5:56:01 AM PDT by jazzlite (esat)
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To: conservative forever
It's amazing how all of the sudden pathological liars and cutthroats are some vindicated for their ignorance of history. To say Condi Rice is a liar and is doing it for the President is not only inflamatory, but indicative of what is to come from the left through the next election. The White House needs to take the gloves off and fight these cretins, no holds barred. Otherwise there lies will once again give the Dems the White House
27 posted on 07/18/2003 5:57:17 AM PDT by miloklancy (Treacherous Cretins)
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To: conservative forever
Re: "Rice Lies for Bush"

He's projecting.

28 posted on 07/18/2003 5:57:48 AM PDT by correctthought
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To: conservative forever

29 posted on 07/18/2003 5:57:57 AM PDT by Zavien Doombringer (Ain't nothing worse than feeling obsolete....)
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To: conservative forever
zot
30 posted on 07/18/2003 5:59:10 AM PDT by Zavien Doombringer (Ain't nothing worse than feeling obsolete....)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
That's gotta hurt!
31 posted on 07/18/2003 5:59:37 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: conservative forever

32 posted on 07/18/2003 5:59:47 AM PDT by Zavien Doombringer (Ain't nothing worse than feeling obsolete....)
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To: dighton
Ewwww, the third rail must be avoided. Very good.
33 posted on 07/18/2003 6:00:18 AM PDT by gathersnomoss
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To: conservative forever

34 posted on 07/18/2003 6:00:30 AM PDT by Jonah Hex
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To: conservative forever
ZOT!


35 posted on 07/18/2003 6:01:24 AM PDT by scab4faa
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To: conservative forever

The Troll, Conservative Forever

Photo taken from the DMV

36 posted on 07/18/2003 6:01:52 AM PDT by Zavien Doombringer (Ain't nothing worse than feeling obsolete....)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
ZOT in progress
37 posted on 07/18/2003 6:02:13 AM PDT by Jonah Hex
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To: conservative forever
- Launched back to the DU

- Aftermath

38 posted on 07/18/2003 6:02:56 AM PDT by Zavien Doombringer (Ain't nothing worse than feeling obsolete....)
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To: conservative forever
This reminds me of Joe's column when Clinton sent Maddy Halfbright, Shalala and the rest of his cabinet out to lie for him in the year of Monica. Oh wait, he never wrote that one. Nevermind.

Condi doesn't need to lie for Bush, there was no lie.

Welcome to FR
39 posted on 07/18/2003 6:03:42 AM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution © 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: conservative forever

40 posted on 07/18/2003 6:04:46 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (. . . there is nothing new under the sun.)
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To: conservative forever
The fact that the first black President will be a women,Condi Rice, terrifies the dems.

They must start the destruction now!
41 posted on 07/18/2003 6:05:21 AM PDT by watermen
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To: conservative forever
I love this article - it shows that CONDI is the Dems worst fear. An articulate, intelligent Black Female Republican that will either be 1. VP candidate in 2004 or even worse HILLARIOUS's opponent in 2008.

The smear campaign has already begun!

42 posted on 07/18/2003 6:06:12 AM PDT by commish (Freedom Tastes Sweetest to Those Who Have Fought to Preserve It)
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To: watermen
GMTA - 1 minute apart and the same thought LOL
43 posted on 07/18/2003 6:06:59 AM PDT by commish (Freedom Tastes Sweetest to Those Who Have Fought to Preserve It)
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To: conservative forever

ZOT!!

44 posted on 07/18/2003 6:07:07 AM PDT by 4mycountry (Over-achiever extraordinare!)
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To: conservative forever
BWAAAAHAHAHAHA

Zot!
Did you feel that?


45 posted on 07/18/2003 6:08:43 AM PDT by Zavien Doombringer (Ain't nothing worse than feeling obsolete....)
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To: 4mycountry
I love the smell of cooked DU ozone in the morning.
46 posted on 07/18/2003 6:08:43 AM PDT by commish (Freedom Tastes Sweetest to Those Who Have Fought to Preserve It)
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To: conservative forever

ZOT OF THE VIKING KITTIE STRIKE!!

47 posted on 07/18/2003 6:09:47 AM PDT by 4mycountry (Over-achiever extraordinare!)
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To: conservative forever
Liberals can pull events and facts out of the thin air by osmosis? Miss Cleo? Reading coffee grounds at the bottom of their Starbucks cups? What a stupid fool hit piece.
48 posted on 07/18/2003 6:11:17 AM PDT by MissAmericanPie
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To: conservative forever

49 posted on 07/18/2003 6:12:08 AM PDT by Zavien Doombringer (Ain't nothing worse than feeling obsolete....)
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To: Zavien Doombringer
Ah YESSS!!!!
50 posted on 07/18/2003 6:12:34 AM PDT by Neets
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