Wednesday, July 14, 2004

And Another Thing!


Occassionally, I just decide that I'm not going to get into something. I don't mean something like the works of Tom Robbins or the music of They Might be Giants. I mean that occassionally some big story breaks that is so complicated, so infuriating to figure out, and so huge that I just opt out.

The famed Whitewater scandal was one of those. Go ahead - ask me what it was all about. The best I can tell you is Arkansas Land Deal Involving Governor Gone South. I sometimes think that that's really all a person needs to know. Like a headline that says: "Area Man Eats Own Foot in Survival Bid at Local Chuck E. Cheeses" What more is there?

There are two stories at present that fall under this heading for me: The Valerie Plame thing and the UN Oil For Food Scandal.

Both defied wasting time on them. A spy working a desk at Langley with a Democrat Operative husband ging to Nigeria looking for yellowcake? And the guy's name is Joe Wilson? So the Senate had their say on this guy:
The Senate's report on intelligence failures would appear to confirm that Valerie Plame did recommend her husband Joseph Wilson for the mission to Niger. In a memo written to a deputy chief in the CIA's Directorate of Operations, she asserted that Wilson had "good relations with both the Prime Minister and the former Minister of Mines [of Niger], not to mention lots of French contacts." This makes a poor fit with Wilson's claim, in a recent book, that "Valerie had nothing to do with the matter. She definitely had not proposed that I make the trip." (It incidentally seems that she was able to recommend him for the trip because of the contacts he'd made on an earlier trip, for which she had also proposed him.) [More . . . ] (emphasis mine, of course

I'd like to think that this would be the end of all this silliness, but I doubt it will be.

The Oil For Food thing is also one of those things that just seemed to define itself. I can't find the one good money quote to pull out of this piece, but France is mentioned twice.
Drip, Drip, Drip
More Oil for Food details leak out. When will the U.N. come clean?

Kofigate continues. Another stack of secret United Nations Oil for Food documents has now reached the press, this batch procured by congressional sources and providing--at long last--a better view of Saddam Hussein's entire U.N.-approved shopping list. This huge roster of Oil for Food relief contracts fills in a few more of the vital details about Saddam's "humanitarian" partnership with the U.N., spelling out the names of all his U.N.-approved relief suppliers and the price of every deal. [More . . .]

Don't look for any of these stories at the NYT. Thank god for the Blogosphere and the Internet.
I haven't said anything hateful about M. Moore in days. What's that all about?

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