How a Serial Liar Suckered Dems and the Media

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The story of ex-ambassador Joe Wilson, who deliberately “sexed down” Iraq’s attempts to purchase yellowcake uranium from Niger, continues to be utterly ignored by mainstream media even as source after source proves that he lied about a very serious threat to US security. Mark Steyn has the goods: How a serial liar suckered Dems and the media.

This isn’t difficult. In 1999, a senior Iraqi “trade” delegation went to Niger. Uranium accounts for 75 percent of Niger’s exports. The rest is goats, cowpeas and onions. So who sends senior trade missions to Niger? Maybe Saddam dispatched his Baathist big shots all the way to the dusty capital of Niamy because he had a sudden yen for goat and onion stew with a side order of black-eyed peas, and Major Wanke, the then-president, had offered him a great three-for-one deal.

But that’s not what Joe Wilson found. Major Wanke’s prime minister, among others, told Ambassador Wilson that he believed Iraq wanted yellowcake. And Ambassador Wilson told the CIA. And the CIA’s report agreed with the British and the Europeans that “Iraq was attempting to procure uranium from Africa.”

In his ludicrously vain memoir The Politics Of Truth, Wilson plays up his knowledge of the country. He makes much of his intimacy with Wanke and gives himself the credit for ridding Niger of the Wanke regime. The question then is why a man who knew so much about what was going on chose deliberately to misrepresent it to all his media/ Democrat buddies, not to mention to the American people. For a book called The Politics Of Truth, it’s remarkably short of it. On page 2, Wilson says of his trip to Niger: “I had found nothing to substantiate the rumors.” But he had.

That’s what lying is, by the way: intentional deceit, not unreliable intelligence. And I’m not usually the sort to bandy the liar-liar-pants-on-fire charge beloved by so many in our politics today, but I’ll make an exception in the case of Wilson, who’s never been shy about the term. He called Bush a “liar” and he called Cheney a “lying sonofabitch,” on stage at a John Kerry rally in Iowa.

Saddam wanted yellowcake for one reason: to strike at his neighbors in the region, and beyond that at Britain, America and his other enemies. In other words, he wanted the uranium in order to kill you.

Wilson was affiliated with an “anti-war” group called the Education for Peace in Iraq Center, and in 2003 he gave a bizarre keynote speech there, that made it very clear how far to the left he really was. When I first discovered this speech and the page at EPIC’s website, the HTML source code for the page contained the following list of credits, which had been hidden from view. Now it’s been removed entirely:

Arab American Institute, American Friends Service Committee, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Focus on American and Arab Interests and Relations (FAAIR), Friends Committee for National Legislation, American-Arab Anti-Descrimination Committee, American Muslims for Global Peace and Justice, Church of the Brethren Washington Office, Mennonite Central Committee USA-Washington Office, Muslim American Society, NETWORK, Pax Christi, Peace Action, Veterans for Peace, Voices in the Wilderness, and Women’s Action for New Directions.

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