July 10, 2004

Yellowcake Redux

More on uranium from Niger, including some doubt cast on Joe Wilson's account of his infamous trip. See, it turns out he didn't tell the truth. [Instapundit]

Posted by richard at July 10, 2004 12:58 PM

Are you sure the yellowcake wasn't really just cornbread? It can be easy to mistake the two.

Posted by: Brad A. at July 11, 2004 06:46 PM

Leave aside for a moment the fact that this really is does not impact the real issues at stake here, how did you get from "doubt cast" to "turns out he didn't tell the truth"? I suggest that you read his letter in response and post that as well. I will refrain from further comment on how you seem to be gleefully wrapping evidence around pre-conceived notion that you would love to see vindicated.

Posted by: T McGee at July 17, 2004 08:45 AM

Haven't read his letter yet, but I will hunt it down. The "he didn't tell the truth" part was mainly about two statements he made. First, that his wife didn't have anything to do with getting him the job, which turned out to be wrong. Second, that his trip called into question the Iraq-Niger connection, when CIA analysts that debriefed him actually reported that his trip supported the other evidence that Iraq was seeking uranium in Niger. He even lied about when he knew that certain documents were fake.

Finally, his overall stance that the sixteen words were "lies" was never justified by his trip, which only looked at one African country. The Butler report shows that the UK (and other European intelligence agencies) had evidence that he tried to get uranium from Democratic Republic of Congo as well – in fact, they concluded that a deal for the sale was reached in 2002.

He's a partisan narcissist, which that Vanity Fair cover should have made obvious, and doesn't deserve the respect that one would give a critic like Richard Clarke.

Posted by: richard at July 18, 2004 11:17 AM