Wednesday, October 12, 2005
WHIG: White House Iraq Group or When Honesty is Ignored by George.
Definitely a political problem but I wonder, George Will, do you think itÂs a manageable one for the White House especially if we donÂt know whether Fitzgerald is going to write a report or have indictments but if he is able to show as a source close to this told me this week, that President Bush and Vice President Cheney were actually involved in some of these discussions.
What he may be hearing on background is that special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald has determined that the White House Iraq Group was behind the outing of CIA undercover operative Valerie Plame. This could actually lead to a far broader investigation of the role the White House Iraq Group played in the leadup to the Iraq invasion.
This group was set up in August of 2002 for the express purpose of "educating the public" about the supposed danger posed by Iraq in the leadup to the invasion. The problem with this mission quite simply was that the facts did not support the perception of Iraq as being a deadly threat that the administration desperately needed the American public to hold in order to gain Congressional support for the invasion. The solution to this problem was to simply lie about the evidence. And when the evidence the administration lied about to support their claims was partially refuted by Joe Wilson, the response was to out his wife. This was the 1st time the administration stepped over the legal line in such a public way in handling Iraq propaganda, and this action leads to the introduction of the special counsel. So the question now is, what if in the course of investigating the Plame outing the special counsel uncovers a conspiracy by the administration to knowingly lie to the American people and Congress in order to lead the U.S. into war?
There is evidence that Fitzgerald focused on the role played by the Iraq group early in the investigation. And if the past is any guide we know that what may appear to be a straight-forward investigation when the special counsel is appointed may morph into a far reaching examination of many aspects of wrongdoing not known to have occurred when the investigation commenced. Ken Starr originally was appointed to investigate Whitewater. The Nixon presidency was brought down by an investigation and resulting coverup of a third rate burglary. It will be very interesting to see how this all comes out in the wash. What we do know now is it is apparent that the White House set up an office for the express intent of misleading us into an unnecessary war. Which makes this administration a weapon of mass deception.
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