July 15, 2004

He's More Invisible than Negroponte!

Today is Day 13 of the Joe Wilson abduction. A quick Nexis search shows that the last time he was on television was July 2. This is like a diabetic going two weeks without his insulin. Clearly, he must be handcuffed to a radiator somewhere. Why else would he not explain himself publicly?

-- Jonah Goldberg, writing over at the Corner

Heh.

Or, per Taranto, Joe Wilson shying away from the cameras is like "Homer Simpson turning down a cheeseburger."

Anyway, we know he's not on the cruise just yet....

Gosh, stuck on a boat with Joe Wilson and Sid Blumenthal?!?

I'd rather be hunched over killing cockroaches in a land-locked, AC-less Lower East Side tenement during a vicious heat wave (don't ask) than sailing the open seas with this crowd...

P.S. Salon is going to need to update this, er, false advertising, no? (click on the "Speakers" section)

Joe Wilson: "Former Ambassador who debunked President's Bush's 16 words."

Oh my....

Gloat out.

MORE:

The cruise schedule, whilst 'at sea', for September 6th:

Sept. 6th - Monday - At Sea

8:30-9:00am
Salon.com Help Desk

9:00-11:30am
Salon.com Panel Session - Queens Lounge
The secret history of Salon. David Talbot, founder and editor-in-chief of Salon, leads a special panel discussion on the Web site's untold story, and how it has weathered the wild ups and downs of the Internet storms to become an influential and independent media player.

1:30-2:00pm
Salon.com Help Desk

2:00-4:30pm
Salon.com Panel Session - Queens Lounge
The intelligence wars. Ambassador Joe Wilson, author of the bestselling book "The Politics of Truth," leads a special panel discussion on the Bush administration's dangerous assault on the U.S. intelligence community, and the growing civil war between the White House and the CIA.

7:30pm
Join other Salon.com guests at the Crow's Nest Lounge for cocktails and dancing before dinner! (Optional)

8:15pm
Late Seating dinner is served, all Salon.com guests to dine together
.

Note the pre-dinner dancing is optional!

And so, it would seem, are the 'Politics of Truth'!

Posted by Gregory at July 15, 2004 06:05 PM
Comments

Does that mean the cruise is off too?

http://www.saloncruise.com/

Posted by: capt joe at July 15, 2004 07:29 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Follow the mint tea. Apparently, he likes the stuff

Posted by: Jay at July 15, 2004 07:53 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

They'll be on a 3 hour cruise to Andrew Gilligan's Island.


(cue drumroll and cymbal crash...)

Posted by: 29 at July 15, 2004 08:37 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

With these people:

http://tinyurl.com/3smrg

Posted by: Mick McMick at July 15, 2004 08:46 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

...the last one is an inside joke.

Posted by: Mick McMick at July 15, 2004 08:48 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

You meant like "Homer Simpson turning down a doughnut".

or

"Like Wimpy turning down a hamburger".

Yours Truly,

Department of Comic Metaphors
Non-Mixed Division
Washington, DC

Posted by: Walsingham at July 15, 2004 09:37 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

"The secret history of Salon....and how it has...become an influential and independent media player."

Satire, or Liars Club Round Table?

All of you who've been influenced by Salon, raise your hands..............................Bueller?

Cordially...

Posted by: Rick at July 15, 2004 10:17 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

The phrase "ship of fools" comes to mind. Notice I didn't say "ship of lying fools" because I am trying to be considerate.

Say, will they be serving sweet mint tea on deck?

Posted by: Capt America at July 15, 2004 11:20 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Gloat while you can, you won't be able to when the indictments come down ....

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3891503.stm

further

"A senior intelligence official said the CIA supports Wilson's version: "Her bosses say she did not initiate the idea of her husband goingÉ. They asked her if he'd be willing to go, and she said yes," the official said."

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq/complete/la-fg-uranium15jul15,1,4698277.story?coll=la-home-headlines

Posted by: kiret at July 16, 2004 12:32 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Kiret - According to some, the LATimes (which is pretty notorious for its bias) didn't give readers the whole story. As Patterico noticed, "Reading this, you'd never know how definitively Wilson denied the involvement of his wife, or how strong the evidence is that she was involved. "

http://patterico.com/archives/002440.php

Posted by: Kimberly at July 16, 2004 12:57 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

"According to some"! Hey, that's a great technique ....

Here is another one, "Some people say ..."

www.outfoxed.org

Posted by: kiret at July 16, 2004 01:05 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Gee, you'd think at least ONE of the Dems would've refused to sign on to the report if what Kiret's 'reporting' has any basis in fact ....

Why, oh why, didn't this "senior intelligence official" let the Senate know about this?

Posted by: BradDad at July 16, 2004 01:14 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Hmmmm. Apparently the Brits didn't buy the Butler whitewash ....

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/3898823.stm

Posted by: kiret at July 16, 2004 02:21 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Thoughts on Wilson's ideas about a war between the CIA and the White House:

Were Foley and Plame engaged in a political war against the White House from their offices in the CIA?

Is that where Wilson got his lies and agitprop to publicly attack the President?

Wilson claimed that he waited until June because he thought the administration had intel in addition to the purchase agreement, a purchase agreement which he knew to be forged. Well, he didn't know the documents were forged and there was other intel including, but not limited to, a November 2002 Navy/DIA report of "a large quantity of uranium from Niger was being stored in a warehouse in Cotonou, Benin. The uranium was reportedly sold to Iraq by Niger's President."

Now, either Wilson lied about what he knew, or he knew more than he should have and has lied about it. That brings up some interesting coincidences in timing.

The IAEA reported the Niger documents fraudulent to the UNSCR on March 7, 2003. The WaPo column about an unnamed ambassador (Wilson was an anonymous source as well?) was June 12, and his NYT column naming himself was July 8.

Check out the timing of the intel community communications in the SSIC on the topic (p. 71) you've highlighted here: http://www.belgraviadispatch.com/archives/001477.html

Posted by: Tim at July 16, 2004 02:55 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

BWAHHHHHHH!

http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/9165361.htm

Posted by: kiret at July 16, 2004 04:46 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Wow, that cruise looks familiar...

http://www.nationalreviewcruise-carib.com/

Just from a different perspective.

Posted by: Nathan at July 17, 2004 03:51 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

If pride comes before a fall... well, all this gloating might remind a person of Gollum at the Cracks of Doom.

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