Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Aluminum tubes, again

Excellent Greg Sargent on Plamegate:  Rove felt that Bush couldn’t get reelected if the American public was aware of the fact that Bush knew that the aluminum tubes rationale for war was a lie, but continued to tell the lie anyway, so Libby and Rove had to lie about the Plame outing scandal to avoid the kind of investigation that would have demonstrated that Bush had in his hands an October 2002 National Intelligence Estimate doubting that the tubes had anything to do with a Saddam nuclear program.  Remember that Tenet phoned Hadley to have Bush change his October 2002 speech in Cincinnati, but the same Hadley mysteriously forgot the warning when the aluminum tubes reappeared in the State of the Union address.