posted by Chris Bray @ 10:54 AM
Wow! I understand the Danzig wants to show that Rice changed her story on the Iraq aluminum tube issue, but I have no idea why he felt he needed to use a racist "I don' know nuthin' about birthin' no babies" reference to do it. That's just weird!Rice said the tubes "are only really suited for nuclear weapons programs, centrifuge programs" despite the fact that they were completely unsuitable for that purpose (too small, too thick, an anodized) while they were precisely suited for the purpose Iraq said they were meant (an MRL system). DoE and State Department had both disagreed with that assessment. The IAEA had disagreed. She expects us to believe that she ignored all that and just assumed that the CIA was right, without asking them to support their conclusion. Then she later said that INR (State Department intel analysts) hadn't disagreed with the CIA assessment and then changed her story yet again in the same interview when someone called her on it. She's gone back and forth on this issue a dozen times, asserting it as fact and then, when challenged, parsing words to try to weasel out of it. She also keeps acting like, as National Security Advisor, her only access to information on the issue was the NIE that Congress requested prior to approving the resolution authorizing force against Iraq if necessary and that she had no responsibility as the National Security Advisor to do more than blindly accept anything she was told. Basically, she was one of the driving forces convincing the public of the need to go to war, used the aluminum tubes as the cornerstone of her case that Iraq was developing nukes and we couldn't wait for "a mushroom cloud" and now acts like it was just some minor technical issue and completely outside her area.
I will be amazed and dismayed if the NYTimes prints this. The tube controversy is ripe for clever political satire. But this cartoon is shockingly offensive. This one needs to be round filed.
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