When you're walking in a nest of rattlesnakes don't hop. That's what Joe Wilson did when he went public on July 6, 2003 in the pages of the New York Times. Wilson wrote an op-ed piece entitle, "What I didn't find in Africa
." It's worth a re-read or a first read because most of what you've heard by the Rovites are pure and simple lies.
Wilson has never claimed Vice President Dick Cheney sent him on the mission. He wrote, "In February 2002, I was informed by officials at the Central Intelligence Agency that Vice President Dick Cheney's office
had questions about a particular intelligence report." The report was on a reported documented sale of uranium yellowcake. If the White House had questions that doesn't mean President Bush. And on CNN Wilson was extremely clear
, although the RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman deliberately fabricated quotes to try to prove the opposite, when he said:
WILSON: Well, look, it's absolutely true that neither the vice president
nor Dr. Rice nor even George Tenet knew that I was traveling to Niger
What they did, what the office of the vice president did, and, in fact, I believe now from Mr. Libby's statement, it was probably the vice president himself...
BLITZER: Scooter Libby is the chief of staff for the vice president.
WILSON: Scooter Libby. They asked essentially that we follow up on this report
-- that the agency follow up on the report. So it was a question that went to the CIA briefer from the Office of the Vice President. The CIA, at the operational level, made a determination
that the best way to answer this serious question was to send somebody out there who knew something about both the uranium business and those Niger officials that were in office at the time these reported documents were executed.
But the Republican vipers keep telling you objective and provable lies and smile when they do it. The outright fabrication of what Wilson did, said, concluded or who sent him is to be expected from the right-wing loons now running this country. But claiming the CIA is "Un-American?" Who could say that? What nut said that? Why, whoever said that must have been on drugs, insane or both. I'm going with both.
Yet according to "I've got a Rush from the oxycontin Limbaugh," the CIA, yes, read it again, the CIA is working against America. After asking twice in less than a minute whether Wilson committed treason, Oxycontin-boy on his third divorce mused that the CIA was working against the war effort
. (By the way, treason is basically impossible to commit under the strict construction
and specific terms of the original
U.S. Constitution. It says, "No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act
, or on confession in open court." That's why people are charged with espionage rather than treason and why Rush exposes himself as an idiot and a liar once again.)
So El Rush-bo continues and actually says
, "[Wilson's] initial verbal report confirmed what the CIA knew at the time. You still can't convince me, by the way, that this whole thing is not a CIA-hatched plot to destroy Bush, undermine the war effort, and all that
You can't improve on that. It speaks for itself. The enemies list just got larger by one Francis
. The CIA. Amazing how many treasonous people and traitorous intelligence agencies there are working for the U.S. Government. If we only had some stem cells of Joe McCarthy we could clone him and his list of communists in the government and really protect Americans.