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Monday, May 03, 2004


I can't stand it, I tell ya. Anyone who can read and has a computer knows that Joe Wilson outted his own wife's maiden name in his OWN bio as Ambassador to Iraq AND as a member of MEI, a Mideast Institute financed by the Saudis. It appeared on countless blogs for quite sometime and soon the hubbub quieted down.
Well, Joey's Baaaaack---with a book, and a VERRRY nasty attitude. Same malicious lies, of course. What has changed though, is that every single reference to Valerie Plame that so many bloggers had links to? The ones that proved beyond a doubt that HE ALONE was the one who *supposedly outted* her by stating her maiden name on his resumes, on his biographical information, writing it in prominent places like the playboy conqueror type that he is. I mean he was so puffed up about being married to a CIA *anything,* he bragged about it like a high school twit who got laid by his teacher.
Anyway, someone must have done some major surfing during the quiet months before his wretched book was due out, because all of those earlier references are gone. Disappeared into internet hell and have been replaced by article after article from every left wing rant group on earth who repeat the selfsame lies over and over, some even going as far as to charge President Bush of doing the actual filthy thing for revenge.
But I saw it with my own eyes...:
"...Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV married to the former Valerie Plame. They have two sons and two daughters."
Consequently, trudging through the debris of Plameless pages, I managed to find yet another bowl of cherries to dash against Pal Joey's penchant for making bunches of money for lying about bunches of things, like this, for instance:

October 01, 2003, 8:38 a.m.
The Honorable Mr. Wilson
Frog-marching into the history books.
In 1981, Seyni Kountche, president of Niger, said that his country would "sell uranium even to the devil." He made good on his word, doing business with both Libya and Iraq, and funneling billions in profits into private slush funds to prop up his corrupt regime. A 1993 IAEA report on the Iraqi nuclear program listed 580 tons of natural uranium in Iraq, some of it originating from Niger. Ancient history? Well maybe. (I've certainly written about it before.) But it is useful to remind people, in an age of short-attention spans, that Niger and Iraq were part of a nuclear family dating back to the 1970s.
Joseph C. Wilson probably knew about that previous relationship. He was first in Niger with USAID during the Carter administration, then later in the 1990s as a Clinton National Security Council staffer. He arrived back in the Niger's capital of Niamey in February 2002 on a CIA-sponsored mission to investigate a report that Iraq had bought uranium from Niger in 1999. This trip took place a year before President Bush uttered the so-called "16 words" in his State of the Union address ("The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa"). Note that the president accused Iraq of seeking uranium, not actually obtaining it, which is what Wilson was sent to look into. He spent most of his time at the hotel — a fourth-floor suite at the Gawaeye, one report said. He was very open about his mission and its object, and began to take meetings near the pool. "I spent the next eight days drinking sweet mint tea and meeting with dozens of people," Wilson wrote in the New York Times last July, "current government officials, former government officials, people associated with the country's uranium business. It did not take long to conclude that it was highly doubtful that any such transaction had ever taken place." It is unclear with whom Wilson met. No Nigerien officials have admitted to attending those meetings. El Hadj Habibou Allele, who runs COMINAK, the major uranium-mining concern, stated he was never contacted. For their part, the staff at the Gawaeye thought Wilson was a nice guy, and they nicknamed him "Bill Clinton" after his former employer.
Let's concede that the public face of Wilson's mission may not be the whole story. There may have been a secret side to it — a side he may have been oblivious to — that has not yet been reported. It hardly seems credible that Wilson could have single-handedly investigated every aspect of the Niger-Iraq connection spending "eight days drinking sweet mint tea" and talking to people. If Niamey were nurturing such a relationship with Baghdad it surely would have been highly secretive. Uranium trade with Iraq was illegal after all; you could not expect to get a straight answer from anyone involved in it. Moreover, the wounds of 9/11 were still fresh, and this was only a few months after Coalition forces had swiftly overthrown the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. What country was going to freely admit to selling illegal WMD material to the only ruler in the world who openly praised the attacks on the Twin Towers? As noted, Wilson came away with no evidence that the 1999 uranium sale had taken place. But over the last few months, particularly since Wilson's New York Times piece, this very narrow finding has been taken as proof that Iraq never even tried to obtain uranium. That was not the question Wilson was sent to Niger to answer, and his investigation certainly never came close to being that thorough. Yet the press reflexively cites this brief visit as the basis for the definitive answer on the entire Niger uranium controversy. Wilson's purported influence has been inflated to the point where otherwise sensible people (and some not-so) are alleging that the inner circles of the White House had to resort to felonious leaking to discredit him.

Joey? We WILL expose you. Someone, somewhere has a snapshot of those bios and resumes. It's surprising what you can come up with if you just have patience. I know we can't let you ride this one out. Not by a longshot.