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The aluminum tubes that the administration utilized as a primary piece of evidence of Iraq’s supposed nuclear program were actually discredited by the Energy Department two years ago, and Condoleeza Rice’s staff was aware of it (registration required):

But almost a year before, Ms. Rice’s staff had been told that the government’s foremost nuclear experts seriously doubted that the tubes were for nuclear weapons, according to four officials at the Central Intelligence Agency and two senior administration officials, all of whom spoke on condition of anonymity. The experts, at the Energy Department, believed the tubes were likely intended for small artillery rockets.

Despite having a handle on this information, Rice still used the bleak threat of smoking guns in the form of mushroom clouds in 2002, the favored administration scare tactic/sound bite (scare bite?) from that time. Today on ABC’s “This Week” Rice continued to defend the administration’s stance on the aluminum tubes and Hussein’s supposed nuclear aspirations. How did she respond to the report of internal uncertainty over the tubes? Well, she made use of the administration’s last resort: complete and utter ignorance:

On Sunday, Rice acknowledged she was aware of a debate within the U.S. intelligence community about whether the tubes were intended for nuclear weapons. “I knew that there was a dispute. I actually didn’t really know the nature of the dispute.”

So, the National Security Adviser was aware of a dispute pertaining to the primary reason the administration was rushing to war, yet she did not get on the phone to at least figure out the specifics? Amazing.

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  • http://www.tude.com/ Hal Pawluk

    But Justin, don’t you think that shows “great resolve?”

    That once she makes up her mind, she “sticks to her guns?”

    And she didn’t flip-flop, so you “know where she stands.”

    Doesn’t that make her Presidential Timbre” (based on the current occupant)?

  • http://www.filteringcraig.com Craig Lyndall

    Wait just a damn minute there Hal. If I didn’t know any better (and I don’t because I am a lowly Republican) I would guess that your comment was something that a brilliant democrat told me about last week called sarcasm. I guess that is when someone says something relatively seriously.. or something. Anyway, I guess it is supposed to be funny.

  • http://www.jackejett.com jack e. jett

    condi rice is like the others in the bush administration, only in addition to having a gap in her head…she has one in her mouth.
    she is clarence thomas with a vagina.

    jack e. jett
    recent graduate of
    the right wing school
    of verbiage