Clearing the Fog
in the
War of Words


  logomachy--1. A dispute about words. 2. A dispute carried on in words only; a battle of words.
logomachon--1. One who argues about words. 2. A word warrior.



Chirac tried to mislead us out of war

Remember the Niger uranium that Bush and Blair “lied about”? The people who made the charge of lying kept pointing to proof that turned out to be forged. Britain and the US allowed the forgeries, but maintained that there was an independent basis for the claim that Iraq had tried to buy uranium in Africa.

Now the Telegraph reports that Italy blames France for Niger uranium claim. Italy charges that France (1) planted the forgeries and (2) for a while told the US that Iraq had tried to buy uranium. The article also says the French may have been behind the independent confirmation that British MI6 cited. What the article doesn’t say is that US ambassador and temporary CIA investigator Joseph Wilson discovered that the Iraqis had made approaches to buy Niger uranium.

It is no surprise that information came from the French. They control Niger’s uranium mines. What is new is that the French deliberately planted what they thought was false information, in the hope that it would collapse under the UK and US and discredit their justification for attacking Iraq.

In other words, Jacques Chirac tried to mislead us out of removing Saddam. And Kerry thinks he could have done better with these people?


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