Sunday, January 07, 2007

There is a missing paragraph in this story

Before Hanging, a Push for Revenge and a Push Back From the U.S. - New York Times

This report, filled with leak insider information from U.S. officials, lacks a key paragraph: that is the one that reports C. Rice calling George Bush and advising hm that the Iraqis were intent on hanging Saddam Hussein right away. At that point, the president should have been apprised of all the potential problems with the obvious haste, the particular issue of executing the man as the feast of the sacrifice was beginning, and the presumed U.S. complicity in the act. If Bush was so advised and he still assented, then he was not very wise. If he was not so advised, then he should examine the qualifications of his advisers. Or perhaps he chose to be ignorant. In any case, John Burns has omitted that paragraph and as a result this story, for all of its fascinating detail, is still basically "spin."

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