a special place in hell is reserved for karl rove. somehow he’s almost single-handedly killed free speech and cut the balls off the fourth estate. i wish him a big painful tumor of some kind in an indelicate place. perhaps he and dubya can commiserate together about their matching illnesses.
rove was instrumental in maintaining the sheerest veil of “ignorance” shielding the president from knowledge that the weapons of mass destruction he browbeat america with were actually nonexistent. how many people have died for rove’s loyalty to bush?
In mid-September 2002, two weeks before Bush received the October 2002 President’s Summary, Tenet informed him that both State and Energy had doubts about the aluminum tubes and that even some within the CIA weren’t certain that the tubes were meant for nuclear weapons, according to government records and interviews with two former senior officials.
Official records and interviews with current and former officials also reveal that the president was told that even then-Secretary of State Colin Powell had doubts that the tubes might be used for nuclear weapons.
When U.S. inspectors entered Iraq after the fall of Saddam’s regime, they determined that Iraq’s nuclear program had been dormant for more than a decade and that the aluminum tubes had been used only for conventional weapons.
In the end, the White House’s damage control was largely successful, because the public did not learn until after the 2004 elections the full extent of the president’s knowledge that the assessment linking the aluminum tubes to a nuclear weapons program might not be true. The most crucial information was kept under wraps until long after Bush’s re-election.