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Opening The Files: 11/03/06

Document Dump D'oh!

Even though Creature scooped me on this, I felt it too important to just let it be.

As you probably know, WMD's are once again in the media spotlight, though not in a way the Bush administration probably wants them to be. Last March, there was a big to do by conservative bloggers and politicians to make available a treasure trove of documents seized during the Iraq war. The Bush administration acquiesced, setting up a website where the public could peruse threw these documents in the hopes they would have better luck finding evidence of Saddam's ties to Al-Qaeda and weapons programs.

Turns out it might not have been such a good idea. As the NY Times reported, documents pertaining to Iraq's pre-Gulf War I research into nuclear weapons could be used as a guide to building a bomb. Whoopsie! The site as since been shut down but there is no telling who may have had access.

Then again, this revelation might not be all bad. In addition to having a chance to decry the NY Times yet again, right-wing bloggers are seizing on this as vindication of Bush's decision to invade. One particularly muddled paragraph buried in the Times piece as the righties wetting themselves with joy:
Among the dozens of documents in English were Iraqi reports written in the 1990s and in 2002 for United Nations inspectors in charge of making sure Iraq had abandoned its unconventional arms programs after the Persian Gulf war. Experts say that at the time, Mr. Hussein’s scientists were on the verge of building an atom bomb, as little as a year away. (emphasis mine)

As Cernig and Hilzoy point out, some reading comprehension is clearly called for. Of course a little thing like comprehension won't stop the 101st Fighting Keyboardists. I just love how the righties are harping on justifications for the last war (which we are still fighting, BTW) and remaining silent about future ones that, thanks to this, may include nuclear weapons.

But maybe that's the point. Bush can now use this fowl up as one of the many excuses for why we need to bomb Iran.

This article is getting a lot of attention (as well it should) from both left and right Blogistan. Check out Memorandum and Tailrank for roundups.

Lamentedly "Tone" Deaf.

President Bush sat down with Sean Hannity and said that he doesn't like the 'tone' in Washington DC. "[..] I really don’t think it’s fitting for the president to drag the presidency into that kind of a mudslinging," said Bush speaking of the derisive rhetoric this campaign season.

Think Progress has video of the Mudslinger-in-Chief helping to contribute to that 'tone' he so dislikes. Carpetbagger has even more examples of Bush getting his hands dirty.

Bush says he's "never really resorted to name calling". Shakes says its no wonder, since he has so many toadies to do it for him.

Eugene Robinson wonders how low can Bush go? Pretty low it would seem.

And if you haven't already done so, check out Keith's latest.

(Filed at State of the Day)