Sorokossack and DUer fantasists have been having heart palpitations for two years about the origin of the forged documents purporting to prove an attempt by Iraq to purchase uranium in Niger. The fantasy involves a neocon cabal being the ultimate "source" of the forgeries which were (again, within the fantasy) primary evidence for the "Bush Lied, People Died" case. The forgeries also played a part in Jumpin' Joe Wilson's "Excellent African Adventure" and have been used by him as part of the justification for his wife's exercise in nepotism in suggesting that he possessed the competency to investigate anything more than the ease with which information may be extracted from a "covert operative".
The FBI now reports that they concur with the Italian government's initial assertion that the documents were produced by a petty scamster solely for pecuniary motive. The lefty's fantasy has been driven by a series of articles in the Italian newspaper "La Repubblica" (think of a cross between the National Enquirer and The Nation) by a couple of journos who combine Josh Marshal's reputation for accuracy in prediction with Sydney Blumenthal's style and wit. I've read the series in La Repubblica and the Italian journo's reliance upon "anonymous" sources with a political ax to grind is worse than the Times. No proof, no substance, no facts - just the suggestion of a tenuous web woven with the gossamer threads of innuendo.
The chief neocon figure attacked by both the lefties and the Italian journos is Michael Ledeen who bears the terrible burden of actually being fluent in Italian AND being one of the supposed architects of the Cheney groups "rush to war" effort. In fact, Michael Ledeen's only sin is being an articulate and informed voice with the mental capacity to identify and address the dangers that Saddam and the Mad Mullahs in Teheran pose(d) to the security of the United States.
Jay Rockefeller's assinine comment concerning the "thoroughness" of the FBI investigation is going to keep the Sorokossack's hopes alive and will help sustain the Democrats limping smear campaign for a bit longer but those of us who are actually sane may lay this issue aside with confidence.
Unless one wants to make an assertion as to the FBI's competence, of course. It will be interesting to watch the Dems claim that the FBI was incompetent in their investigation of the provenance of the forgeries while asserting that the FBI did a great job in investigating Libby.
Terrye raises a question in comments concerning continuing investigations and Jay Rockefeller. Rockefeller exposed the Dem hand in this infamous memo which outlines what passes for strategic political thought among top Democrats.
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