But we can hold off on Bush. John Dean said there could very well be grounds for Congress to impeach members of the administration. Bob Fertik at Democrats.com wants to start with Gonzales, but I have my eyes on someone else.
Last year Bob Woodward gave us a chilling look into the administration. In his book, State of Denial, Woodward talks about the months leading up to 9/11 and what wasn’t done. I blogged about this back in September:
On July 10, 2001, the book says, Mr. Tenet and his counterterrorism chief, J. Cofer Black, met with Ms. Rice at the White House to impress upon her the seriousness of the intelligence the agency was collecting about an impending attack. But both men came away from the meeting feeling that Ms. Rice had not taken the warnings seriously.
Condi quickly went into denial mode, but that didn’t last long as this revelation came out a few weeks later:
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice did receive a CIA briefing about terror threats just about two months before the Sept. 11 attacks, but the information was not new, her chief spokesman said.
In doing so, Sean McCormack confirmed a meeting _ on July 10, 2001 _ that his boss had said repeatedly she could not specifically recall. She had said earlier that there were virtually daily meetings at the time.
Sadly we all know what happened. Condi ignored Tenet’s warning and 2 month’s later we lost over 3,000 lives.
Condi also lied in the month’s leading up to the Iraq war. She was one of the administration’s front people out there echoing the false claims that Saddam was close to achieving a nuclear weapon. Here is what she said on September 2nd, 2002 while being interviewed by Wolf Blitzer on CNN:
BLITZER: Based on what you know right now, how close is Saddam Hussein’s government — how close is that government to developing a nuclear capability?
RICE: You will get different estimates about precisely how close he is. We do know that he is actively pursuing a nuclear weapon. We do know that there have been shipments going into Iran, for instance — into Iraq, for instance, of aluminum tubes that really are only suited to — high-quality aluminum tools that are only really suited for nuclear weapons programs, centrifuge programs.
We know that he has the infrastructure, nuclear scientists to make a nuclear weapon. And we know that when the inspectors assessed this after the Gulf War, he was far, far closer to a crude nuclear device than anybody thought, maybe six months from a crude nuclear device.
The problem here is that there will always be some uncertainty about how quickly he can acquire nuclear weapons. But we don’t what the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.
Another lie resulting in another 3,000+ American lives being lost. Total count – 6,000 plus.
Here we are 6 years into the lies of Condi and facing a possible war with Iran. So what do we find out today? How about another lie by Condi:
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice misled the U.S. Congress when she said last week that she had not seen a 2003 Iranian proposal for talks with the United States, a former senior government official said on Wednesday.
Flynt Leverett, who worked on the National Security Council when it was headed by Rice, likened the proposal to the 1972 U.S. opening to China. He said he was confident it was seen by Rice and then-Secretary of State Colin Powell but “the administration rejected the overture.”
Speaking at a conference on Capitol Hill, Leverett said “this was a serious proposal, a serious effort” by Iran to lay out a comprehensive agenda for U.S.-Iranian rapprochement.
So all this Iran talk could be over, but once again the Bush administration fumbled. If that isn’t bad enough for you, we have Condi lying to Congress about what happened. I think it is time for the Democrats to call her back and put her under oath. If she can continue to tell her lies then we will be into a war with Iran before we know it.