First it was Unknown. Then it was George Tenet. That didn't fly. In fact the NBC evening news reviewed the whole string of lies last night. That was just before interviewing the country folk in Palestine WV (where Jessica Lynch was about to return home) about their feelings about the war now. They weren't good. They used the words Vietnam and quagmire. I actually felt slightly less hateful toward the SCLM.
I guess the 1600 Crew finally decided this little flap wouldn't die down all by itself. So today we have a new scapegoat. Stephen Hadley, the top aide to (surprise) Dr. Rice said "that he had received two memos from the CIA and a phone call from CIA Director George Tenet last October raising objections to an allegation that Iraq was seeking to buy uranium ore from Africa to use in building nuclear weapons." And, get this, he forgot about them.
He apologized to Our President yesterday.
And here is how he took responsibility: "The controversial passage citing a British intelligence report "should have been taken out of the State of the Union," he said.The controversial passage citing a British intelligence report "should have been taken out of the State of the Union," Hadley said. "There were a number of people who could have raised a hand" to have the passage removed from the draft of Mr. Bush's Jan. 28 address "And no one raised a hand."
He said he was taking responsibility on behalf of the presidential staff just as Tenet had done for the CIA.
I'm sure it will just go away now. Clearly Our President and the White House Staff just .. um .. forgot.