Goldberg pushes lies
The late Daniel Patrick Moynihan said, "Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. But they are not entitled to their own facts."
Whoa! My Irony Meter just spiked. I wonder what's coming...
In his April 22 commentary, Jonah Goldberg confused Saddam Hussein's mere wish for a nuclear program with his actually having one. President Bush made this same mistake repeatedly in his speeches selling the war to the American public in 2002 and 2003.
OK. I just read the Goldberg column in question, and I found no hint of the confusion this gasbag asserts. Here's the relevant part:
A more recent case is former Ambassador Joe Wilson. Wilson burst into the
limelight when he accused President Bush of lying in his 2003 State of the Union
by saying that, according to British intelligence, Iraq had sought uranium in
Niger. Whatever Wilson's initial motives for attacking Bush's "16 words" may
have been, two truths are now obvious.
The first is that Wilson was wrong and Bush right (and the White House
was foolish for saying otherwise). Britain's Butler Commission reinvestigated
that allegation and found that it was "well-founded." Journalist Christopher
Hitchens and others have cataloged how Iraq dispatched an envoy to Africa to
inquire about acquiring uranium yellowcake. Wilson's own verbal report to the
CIA confirmed to his debriefers that Iraq sought the stuff. But the press
continues to call Wilson a "whistleblower," no doubt largely because his message
is damaging to Bush and undercuts the rationale for the war.
Now, the only way this assertion - or the president's for that matter - could be misleading is if a) you have the reading comprehension abilities of a cucumber, or b) you are a cucumber.
I don't know about you, but when the president said and Goldberg reiterated that "Iraq sent a guy to Niger to try and buy some uranium," I didn't hear "SADAAM'S GONNA NUKE BROOKLYN THIS WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
But that's not very helpful to this asshole's argument, so us lesser beings must have been "misled".
The fact that Iraqis wanted nuclear material has been known for years. Joe Wilson pointed out that they failed to acquire any. He also pointed out that the president highlighted their desire while omitting their failure, which was misleading.
Well, I suppose Goldberg and Bush could have explicitly catalogued all the things British intelligence didn't find; but then we'd still be reading Goldberg's article some 5 days later. Suffice it to say that both Goldberg and Bush have more regard for our cognitive abilities than this MoveOn clone, which saves everyone a lot of time.
Goldberg also claimed that the media demanded the criminal investigation of the Valerie Plame leak that is creeping closer to the president every day. In fact, it was the CIA that demanded an investigation.
Um, I'm not even going to bother doing the google search for this, since I'm fairly certain that pretty much every moonbat-riddled editorial board from here to the New York Times did in fact print an editorial that demanded an investigation.
But since editorials are not legally binding or even really all that persuasive with the executive branch, the CIA pretty much had to weigh in on the matter.
Nice try though.
Interestingly, Plame's job as a covert operative involved collecting intelligence on Iran's nuclear ambitions. Her exposure was a setback to those efforts, and we are now seeing the consequences.
COCK ROACH, MINNEAPOLIS.
Yes, because God only knows we never would have found out about it from that psychopathic Iranian president who gave the world daily briefings as to how far along they were with their program.
But I am glad to see that there's at least one cucumber out there who is actually concerned about the prospect of a dictatorial regime with a long history of animosity toward the United States acquiring a nuclear program.