|OOPS! Tony Snow can't find his talking point.|
If you want to know see torture in action, all you had to do was watch the
White House press gaggle this morning. Tony Snowjob was at his obfuscating best, except for one thing. The press wouldn't let up.
…which is when I switched over the CNN to get more of Tony's torture.
Now come to find out, the White House is releasing Republican
talking points on the NIE Key Judgments that were released yesterday entitled
“The Rest of the Story”. Puh-leaze, when has George W. Bush or anyone
connected with the Administration ever wanted us to get the full story? EmptyWheel
Last but not least, let me also say that Tony Snow didn't get the name SnowJob
for nothing. He outright lied this morning when he said there was no NIE on
Iraq. Once again I offer Rep. Harman's letter to Negroponte, but this time in
full. Misinformation is one thing, but as Harman said today on one of the cable
channels, it seems the Republicans goal is to make sure the Iraq NIE doesn't
see the light of day until after the 2006 elections, on which Josh
Marshall agrees. It's dÃ©jÃ vu all over again.
September 27, 2006
The Honorable John Negroponte
Director of National Intelligence
New Executive Office Building
725 Seventeenth Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20511
Dear Director Negroponte:
I received your letter of September 26, in which you confirmed that
the National Intelligence Council (NIC) is writing a National Intelligence
Estimate (NIE) on Iraq. Though you promised that the NIE would be
completed “in a timely manner,” senior White House officials have
indicated publicly that the report may not be completed until January 2007.
This timetable is unacceptable. Sectarian violence, which has reached record
levels and continues to grow, is putting our troops â€“ not to mention
millions of Iraqis â€“ at grave risk. Furthermore, the proven ineffectiveness
of U.S.-trained Iraqi security forces, an absence of effective infrastructure
reconstruction, and political crises that threaten the fragile new polity
have made it clear that we need a new strategy in Iraq.
NIEs have been produced in as little as several weeks, as in the case of
the 2002 report on Iraqi WMD. While I understand the desire to be thorough,
events in Iraq make it urgent that the Intelligence Community produce this
NIE immediately. If your intention is to delay this report until after the
November elections, I do not think that is appropriate given that U.S. troops
are at risk at this moment.
U.S. policymakers need the Intelligence Community’s insights to determine
how to defend our troops and our interests in Iraq. I urge you to expedite
completion of the NIE and to release it in both classified and publicly releasable