Thursday, March 17, 2005

Mr. Bolton's Yellowcake 

James Ridgeway reports that John Bolton has encountered a roadblock on his path to confirmation as our next ambassador to the U.N. The roadblock's name is Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA):
Henry Waxman, the Democratic California congressman, charges that President Bush's U.N. Ambassador designate, John Bolton, participated in promoting the administration's phony story about Saddam Hussein negotiating to buy uranium for nuclear weapons from the African country of Niger. Subsequently, Waxman says, the State Department tried to cover up Bolton's involvement by using the designation "sensitive but unclassified" to conceal information about his role "in the creation of a fact sheet distributed to the United Nations that falsely claimed Iraq had sought uranium from Niger" . . . .

At issue for Waxman is who among the members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which will look into Bolton's record, will ask about the cover-up? Will anyone ask Powell? Boucher? What is the connection between Bolton and the smearing of Ambassador Joseph Wilson's wife, the CIA undercover agent Valerie Plame? Wilson had been sent out to find out what the Niger deal was all about. When he discovered it was a phony, someone in the administration outed his wife as a covert agent, to writer Bob Novak and to other agents. A federal grand jury is now investigating this situation. Was Bolton involved in any of this?

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