Yellowcake & Slandering Bush.......

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at VERIZON.NET
Sat Dec 6 17:19:19 MST 2008

Free Congress Foundation Commentary: Iraqi Uranium and a False Charge 
Against President Bush

By Paul M. Weyrich
December 4, 2008

         When pundits are asked to name the best Presidents of the 20th 
Century Harry S. Truman's name always comes up. That is interesting because 
when he left office 56 years ago he had lower approval ratings than George 
W. Bush now has. Because he served only the unexpired term of President 
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Truman was eligible to run for a full term. His own 
party told him, "Don't even think of it."  He and incoming President Dwight 
D. Eisenhower didn't like each other. Compared with today's cordiality 
between President Bush and President-elect Barack H. Obama that transition 
was worse than a cold shower.

         How will history judge Bush? Many of us won't be alive when the 
first verdict is in. He has made his share of mistakes but one issue for 
which most of the public blames Bush derives from the belief that Iraq did 
not have weapons of mass destruction. Retired Army Major General Jerry R. 
Curry, in spite of his exceptional achievements, military and academic, in 
his retirement has become partisan and, hence, controversial in some 
circles.  However, his credibility seems strong.

         General Curry has said on that matter history will judge 
differently because US operatives found a large stockpile of concentrated 
natural uranium (550 tons) in the heart of Bagdad. This is known as 
"yellowcake" and is evidence that Saddam Hussein had a nuclear program 
designed to make weapons of mass destruction. US operatives had to sit on 
the information lest terrorists found out about it and tried to acquire the 
uranium. Ambassador Joseph Wilson denied Bush's claim that Hussein wanted 
to buy "yellowcake" from Niger. Wilson had been told otherwise by a former 
Prime Minister of Niger, Assane Mayaki. Wilson did not give the report any 
credibility and insisted that there was no evidence that Iraq wanted to 
purchase yellowcake. British intelligence insisted Iraq did not seek 
yellowcake from Niger. Bush chose to ignore Wilson and cited British 
intelligence on the issue, and Wilson and his CIA wife, Valerie Plame, who 
sent him to Niger, were outraged. The media picked up on this story and 
Bush has paid dearly ever since. Bush could have had the last laugh with 
his critics when the yellowcake was discovered. Instead he has not said a 
word while the yellowcake was extracted from Iraq and passed through two 
continents before it safely reached Canada.

         Bush has not acknowledged this transaction but the Associated 
Press has. General Curry said Bush put his country above his personal 
reputation. He said we can thank God Bush did what he did. Curry said Bush 
wanted to keep the information quiet because terrorists are still around 
Iraq. Curry went on to tell the whole story of Wilson and Plame, who pushed 
the line that Bush lied. They insisted that it was Karl Rove who outed her 
as a CIA operative and should go to jail for doing so. The leak, it turned 
out, came from Richard Armitage, another Bush opponent. Much of the public 
continues to believe that Bush was responsible for the leak, never mind 
that Plame had not been in the field as a CIA operative in six years.

         Curry said, "Now that Saddam's uranium has been made public, and 
is no longer a threat to the world, do you think these aforementioned 
parties will apologize and admit they were wrong? Don't count on it."

Paul M. Weyrich is Chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation.
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