Sunday, October 03, 2004
How the White House Embraced Disputed Arms Intelligence
Far from 'group think,' American nuclear and intelligence experts argued bitterly over the tubes. A 'holy war' is how one Congressional investigator described it. But if the opinions of the nuclear experts were seemingly disregarded at every turn, an overwhelming momentum gathered behind the C.I.A. assessment. It was a momentum built on a pattern of haste, secrecy, ambiguity, bureaucratic maneuver and a persistent failure in the Bush administration and among both Republicans and Democrats in Congress to ask hard questions [ed. not to mention the New York Times itself].Huge, huge story about those alumnium tubes that were going to centrifuge all that nuclear fuel and then blow us up, worth registering for NYT site to get, or actually buy the paper.
Too late for the tens of thousands of Iraqis who have paid for this folly, and the nearly eleven hundred coalition soldiers. I don't feel safer now either.
Good morning. Tried to watch Saturday Night Live last night, but the opening sketch about the debate went on and on interminably (at least ten minutes) with little humor. They should have just read directly from the transcripts and it would have been funnier. Much much funnier. Much much. Oh yes. If SNL starts bad it never, ever gets better, since they always load the good stuff early.
I realize writin' comedy is hard, hard work, real hard, and you think you're makin' progress, but it just sucked.
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