Friday, June 06, 2008

Gee, so I guess this never really happened then

Remember back in late 2001 when we were hearing wonderful tales like this.*
According to Israeli security sources… [Mohammed] Atta was handed a vacuum flask of anthrax by his Iraqi contact. From Prague, it is believed Atta flew to Newark. From New Jersey, letters laced with anthrax were sent to broadcasters and politicians in New York. [emph added]
Back then, Newark residents just laughed. Battling anthrax spores is a breeze compared with battling well-armed and furiously delusional neighborhood crack heads.

Anyway, this never happened. At least, not according to the finally-thank-god-it’s-done Senate Intelligence Committee Report on How We Got Into This Enormously Expensive and Never-Ending Fucking Mess in Iraq.

Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller (D-WVa) accused the Bush administration of “deliberately painting a picture to the American people that [was] not fully accurate." The bullet-riddled painting is now on display at the newly reconstructed ($37 billion) Baghdad Museum of Outsider Art.

The Democrats on the committee got really huffy, concluding -- as have at least 200 million non-Congressional Americans before them -- that “President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and other top officials promoted the invasion of Iraq with public statements that weren't supported by intelligence or that concealed differences among intelligence agencies.” They fabricated a case for war with Iraq using cherry-picked intelligence that was at best inconclusive, misleading, and incomplete.

Committee Republicans Orrin Hatch of Utah, Christopher Bond of Missouri, Richard Burr of North Carolina, and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia strenuously denounced the report as being -- wait for it, wait for it -- "inconclusive, misleading and incomplete."

*From The Telegraph and the London Times (Daniel McGrory, “Hijacker ’Given Anthrax Flask by Iraqi Agent,’” The Times [London], October 27, 2001).

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