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Hey, George: Losers don't get to write history

sfgate.com | Editorial: Revisionist history about the Iraq war
President Bush is trying mightily to rewrite the history of the Iraq war before his administration leaves power. He and members of his national security brain trust, including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, would like to dispel the narrative that they misled the country into war. Instead, both Bush and Rice are trying to characterize the White House as the unwitting recipient of faulty intelligence.... The president's attempt to disassociate himself from accountability for the phony pretext for war is simply outrageous. Bush and his vice president, Dick Cheney, were not just two guys in a crowd of "a lot of people" who were worried about Hussein's weapons capability. They were elevating the hysteria about Iraq at a time when some of this nation's most important allies were openly skeptical of U.S. claims of Hussein's weapons cache and capabilities. The Bush administration was sounding alarms - such as Rice's January 2003 suggestion that ceding to uncertainty might cause the "smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud" - even though U.N. inspectors were coming up empty.

Blogowatch - What did Rahm know, and when did he know it?

Oh, Lord, the shit done hit the fan. USNews.com: Emanuel "Dispatched" To Discuss Senate Seat | Political Bulletin: Monday, December 15, 2008
With unanswered questions fueling speculation about the extent of President-elect Obama's transition team's contacts with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich regarding his vacant Senate seat, new details emerged about the controversy. The Wall Street Journal reports that Obama "had begun thinking about his Senate successor even before the presidential election, and dispatched Rahm Emanuel days after the vote to contact" Bagojevich aides "to begin talking up Mr. Obama's preferred candidates, associates of Mr. Emanuel said this weekend." Emanuel "didn't talk to Mr. Blagojevich directly about the matter, by phone or in person, according to people familiar with the matter. He spoke by phone with aides to the governor, those people say." In a radio interview with Chicago's WGN-AM, incoming White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about the allegations that Emanuel is "actually on some of these secretly recorded tapes talking about the vacant Obama seat to Blagojevich officials." Gibbs replied, "I think I'll wait until we have a full picture and we can tell everybody what any staff investigation has found out and do it in a timely and thorough way as the President-Elect expects us to do."