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Thursday, November 06, 2003
Cliched Shakespeare title and then possibly the opposite
Ken Guggenheim of the Associated Press says a "deepened... partisan rift" has occurred in the wake of a leaked, but undistributed, memo that suggested that Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee have a strategy in pursuing an investigation in what the Bush Administration knew and believed about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction in the run up to the invasion of that country last March.
While I don't put it past the Democrats to play political games in this arena, nothing in the memo indicates that such was what they were planning to do unless of course any effort to obtain an increased level of public interest and/or support belongs in that category. If that is the case I assume the Republican senators, including those quoted by Guggenheim, angered by this memo are equally upset that Team Bush has tried to get public support for military interventions ("how dare they play politics when the lives of our brave fighting men are at stake and indeed, as September 11 taught us, the security of each and every one of us is at risk") or tax cuts ("how dare they play politics with the economy that so many of us depend on for our livelihoods").
Brian Ross and Chris Vlasto of ABC News reported yesterday that a known contact of the Pentagon, Imad Hage, said before the invasion of Iraq that Saddam Hussein's government wanted to discuss a settlement that avoided war and were even willing to allow free elections in Iraq but that such discussion didn't go beyond Richard Perle. James Risen reported the same basic story in today's New York Times.
"Should Saddam Hussein choose confrontation," U.S. President George W. Bush said on March 17, "the American people can know that every measure has been taken to avoid war."