I was watching the announcement of Scooter Libby’s indictment on CNN and right wingnut CNN commentator Terry Dornon laid out the strategy of the RWNM – Blame Joe Wilson. Wolf Blitzer pointed out that Joe Wilson had not been indicted and Paul Begala flagged Dornon’s argument as a diversionary tactic that was not going to work, but that won’t stop them from trying.
Facts don’t matter to the Right Wing Slime Machine so expect to hear variations on this theme in the months to come. Over at The Left Coaster eriposte has a detailed and comprehensive analysis titled Treasongate: The Dates Were Wrong . . . that completely debunks right wingnut accusations against Joe Wilson. Click through and arm yourself with the facts so we can beat back the RWSM.
eriposte also has another extensive article, Treasongate: Uranium from Africa and the Robb-Silberman report. This is the first I’ve heard of a Robb-Silberman report, but just one interesting revelation is that “Senate and House Intelligence Committees knew that uranium from Africa claim was baseless, before Joseph Wilson’s op-ed in 2003.” This is the conclusion eriposte draws:
This is the only significant new finding for me in this report and it means that any Senate or House Intelligence Committee member who kept claiming, after June 19, 2003, that there was still evidence supporting the claim that Saddam Hussein was seeking significant quantities of uranium from Africa was simply a brazen liar.
This is apparently the first part of at least two parts. Read the whole article.