Friday, September 24, 2004

Nuke France

From the UK Telegraph:

The Italian businessman at the centre of a furious row between France and Italy over whose intelligence service was to blame for bogus documents suggesting Saddam Hussein was seeking to buy material for nuclear bombs has admitted that he was in the pay of France.

The man, identified by an Italian news agency as Rocco Martino, was the subject of a Telegraph article earlier this month in which he was referred to by his intelligence codename, "Giacomo".

His admission to investigating magistrates in Rome on Friday apparently confirms suggestions that - by commissioning "Giacomo" to procure and circulate documents - France was responsible for some of the information later used by Britain and the United States to promote the case for war with Iraq.

Italian diplomats have claimed that, by disseminating bogus documents stating that Iraq was trying to buy low-grade "yellowcake" uranium from Niger, France was trying to "set up" Britain and America in the hope that when the mistake was revealed it would undermine the case for war, which it wanted to prevent.
I wonder if CBS is thinking it was the French that set up Bill Burkett and Dan Rather with the bogus Texas Air National Guard memos. Oh well.

This is the problem with appeasers/opportunists. The anti-war protesters and the duplicitous French led Saddam to believe that the Coalition would be too divided/embarrassed to attack. Well, he/they was obviously wrong. If Saddam had not had this political support he might have accepted WMD disarmament. So by trying to thwart the war they only made sure war was inevitable.

This is the same yellowcake uranium fiasco that Joe "the Schmo" Wilson tried to push off that Bush had lied the US into the Iraq war. As fate would have it
the Senate released a report that not only showed Wilson to be a liar on a number of accounts but also confirmed that Iraq was indeed seeking to purchase yellowcake from Niger. The irony couldn't be more delicious.

Being too clever by a half for us obtuse Americans it seems the French ruse has completely backfired and what they intended to serve as an embarrassment went undiscovered long enough to allow the Coalition to act against Saddam. Then when the false documents were uncovered what some were calling an impeachable offense turned out to be true.

Still, this is supposed to be an ally; yet, they're pulling tricks reminiscent of the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. Part of me is laughing, part of me is furious. What to do?

I say nuke from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

UPDATE, 28 Sept 2004: The New York Post reports that CBS's 60 Minutes II wanted to air a segment on how Bush relied on false documents to bolster the case that Saddam was seeking nuclear weapons. Of course the piece had nothing to do with how Bush merely quoted the British or that the French were using forged documents to distract from a genuine threat or that even the US Senate says Bush was telling the truth; this was intended to be just another "Bush is stupid/lying" hit piece. Unfortunately, CBS screwed itself with the forged TANG documents so the last thing they want to do is bring up the issue of forged documents meant to embarrass the President. The story appears to be shelved for an indefinite period of time. I sit here, in my pajamas, watching the liberals tripping over themselves and each other. It's like watching a barrel of flaming monkeys.


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