Tommywonk this morning blogs on the The New York Times report
that "a high level intelligence assessment" debunked the story of the sale of uranium ore to Iraq nearly eleven months before Bush's infamous "16 words" in his 2003 State of the Union address.
If this new reporting proves anything, it proves that the Bush regime's strategy of running out the clock is proving effective (at least in the short term) as each new story about how we were led into war on a pack of lies seems to get less and less attention in the "liberal" media.
But what about the long-term implications? As Tommy put it, "White House claims that Bush based his case for invading Iraq on errors made well down the chain of command of the intelligence community are even less credible than before."
This credibility gap will take a toll on every Republican running for office in '06 and '08. Republican's from Castle to McCain will either have to align themselves with Bush on Iraq and continue to pretend that the emperor has no clothes, or they will break with the President in order to establish some credibility of their own. Either way, this is a lose/lose situation for republicans up and down the ticket.