Friday, October 28, 2005

The Wilson "Lie" claim

According to John Fund, who failed to graduate from CSUS, page 46 of the Senate report refutes Joe Wilson's statement on Niger. I don't see it. It says the intel he provided was good and there was no evidence of attempting to get yellowcake after 1999, which mever materialized into an actual purchase. This is precisely what Wilson said. Hello?

"I spent the next eight days drinking sweet mint tea and meeting with dozens of people: current government officials, former government officials, people associated with the country's uranium business. It did not take long to conclude that it was highly doubtful that any such transaction had ever taken place.

Given the structure of the consortiums that operated the mines," Wilson wrote in the now infamous op-ed, "it would be exceedingly difficult for Niger to transfer uranium to Iraq. Niger's uranium business consists of two mines, Somair and Cominak, which are run by French, Spanish, Japanese, German and Nigerian interests. If the government wanted to remove uranium from a mine, it would have to notify the consortium, which in turn is strictly monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Moreover, because the two mines are closely regulated, quasi-governmental entities, selling uranium would require the approval of the minister of mines, the prime minister and probably the president. In short, there's simply too much oversight over too small an industry for a sale to have transpired."

As could be expected critics focused on the tea as proof he wasn't trying, as if interviewing key people for eight days is nothing.

7 Comments:

Blogger Peter L. Winkler said...

Another good, substantive post. Keep it up.

7:01 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Duly noted Peter.

7:32 PM  
Blogger Randy said...

Christ, fund flunked out of Stanislaus?!?

2:19 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Sacramento. Taranto left for a job at Heritage without copmpleting his California Poly sci requirement for gen ed and they wouldn't give him a degree from CSUN where I graduated.

Which goes to show they'll stop at nothing to keep these degrees away from students. I doubt Fund flunked, just wandered off as a conservative affirmative action appointment in Sac I believe. Still no BA and that level of employment? I can't even land a cub job anywhere with my degree.

4:44 PM  
Blogger Randy said...

I graduated from San Francisco State in film and I remember before enrolling for that last semester I had to take a political science class. So I took it and graduated.

I guess that means I have more sense than Fund.

4:29 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Me too. I had to retake it. My course in it from Maine didn't qualify.

4:30 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

That was James Taranto, not Fund. He didn't graduate either, but I don't know why.

4:32 PM  

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