The Prince of Darkness, Hyper Of Threats and Spit-Mousse Fan has generated enough news to earn his own compilation post.
* First, Al Maviva sent me this World Bank report to suggest that the girlfriend scandal doesn’t have much meat on the bun.
* Reporting in Salon, Sid Blumenthal digested the World Bank report, adds a few more bits and suggests that the meat is still there, we just misidentified it as a bun.
* The Washington Post reports that the World Bank board is on the edge of recommending Wolfowitz’s ouster.
* Readers should remember that the Bush administration used a nonexistent program to enrich uranium as a pretext to pull out of the Agreed Framework with North Korea. In response the DPRK unsealed its plutonium fuel and made a handful of bombs. Clearly some official deserves a pat on the back, but who? Somebody overruled intelligence analysts to promote a borderline insane overestimate of a foreign enemy’s WMD activities. Inadvisable policy decisions followed. This isn’t exactly breaking news, but the Nelson Report adds a touch of color to what we could have guessed.
[W]e quoted one of these sources as saying he personally witnessed the intervention of then-Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz to produce a formal assessment on the hard-line extreme of the interpretive spectrum.
Yes, you would be correct to recall a similar phenomenon, and player, in the Iraq WMD fiasco.
Commenting privately today, a concerned observer, then and now, said “the [HEU] evidence was very ambiguous. Wolfowitz took it and ran with it as hard as he could, and the upshot was that we shut down everything we planned to do with the DPRK. It was after that [Jan., 2003] they threw out the IAEA and began [what became] the run-up to the bomb test [last fall].”
Confidential sources have informed me that Richard Perle is the semi-official Prince of Darkness, not Paul Wolfowitz. I blame Clinton for the error.