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Balanced Fare: We Report, You Deride

Monday, July 21, 2003

Everything Old Is New Again

Rep. Henry Waxman spent his St. Patrick's Day sending a letter to the White House criticizing Adinistration hyping of Saddam's nuclear threat.

It is hard to find a point he is making then that is not being repeated now. This discussion really did freeze for four months, didn't it?

I will pitch in an excerpt:

Your statement to Congress during the State of the Union, in particular, raises a host of questions. The statement is worded in a way that suggests it was carefully crafted to be both literally true and deliberately misleading at the same time. The statement itself — “The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa” — may be technically accurate, since this appears to be the British position. But given what the CIA knew at the time, the implication you intended — that there was credible evidence that Iraq sought uranium from Africa — was simply false.

Reads like it was torn from today's headlines.

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