November 14, 2005


Rockefeller’s Confession: What was the West Virginia Democrat doing as a freelancing prewar diplomat? (William J. Bennett, 11/14/05, National Review)

Yesterday, on Fox News Sunday, the following exchange took place between Chris Wallace and U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller, vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence:

WALLACE: Now, the President never said that Saddam Hussein was an imminent threat. As you saw, you did say that. If anyone hyped the intelligence, isn't it Jay Rockefeller?

SEN. ROCKEFELLER: No. The — I mean, this question is asked a thousand times and I'll be happy to answer it a thousand times. I took a trip by myself in January of 2002 to Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria, and I told each of the heads of state that it was my view that George Bush had already made up his mind to go to war against Iraq — that that was a predetermined set course which had taken shape shortly after 9/11.

While Democrats in Washington are berating the White House for having prewar intelligence wrong, a high-profile U.S. senator, member of the Select Committee on Intelligence, who has a name more internationally recognizable than Richard Cheney's, tells two putative allies (Saudi Arabia and Jordan) and an enemy who is allied with Saddam Hussein (Syria) that the United States was going to war with Iraq. This is not a prewar intelligence mistake, it is a prewar intelligence giveaway.

More to the point, it was months before Colin Powell and Tony Blair insisted they be allowed to use the bogus WMD issue to try and get the UN and Labour Party to go along with the war.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 14, 2005 6:47 PM

Chris Wallace better watch out. Tony Snow got fired for ticking Rockefeller off.

Democrats are truly a fifth column.

Posted by: erp at November 14, 2005 7:12 PM

Do they shoot traitors anymore? If not, they should!

Posted by: obc at November 14, 2005 7:52 PM

Another violater of the Logan Act - just like Kerry, Harkin, Dodd, and Jim Wright. Take his money and make him live in a mine, eating only rats.

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 14, 2005 8:36 PM

First Landreiu, now Rockefeller. Who's next on his list? Howard Dean? John Edwards?

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 14, 2005 9:53 PM

Yes, I think that, absent 9/11, we would not have invaded Iraq.

Posted by: David Cohen at November 14, 2005 10:33 PM

I agree with David Cohen.

9/11 was the difference between a few cruise missiles and a few million dollars' worth of Black Ops, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Posted by: Michael Herdegen at November 15, 2005 3:33 AM

What other mistake of his Dad's has he left unrectified?

Posted by: oj at November 15, 2005 8:02 AM

I'm getting confused by all the pronouns.

jim, whose list? Bennett's?

oj. whose dad? Bush's

Posted by: erp at November 15, 2005 11:38 AM

Souter is still on the bench.

Posted by: David Cohen at November 15, 2005 12:55 PM

Miers isn't.

Posted by: oj at November 15, 2005 1:27 PM


Yes, his father's three greatest mistakes were raising taxes, leaving Saddam in power and picking Souter.

Posted by: oj at November 15, 2005 1:50 PM

As to Miers: Exactly.

Have you seen where Alito went to Feinstein and walked away from his 80's letter stating that there's no right to abortion in the constitution: that's a long time ago; things have change; it was a particular circumstance; and as a judge his personal views (as to the meaning of the constitution, apparently) play no part in his rulings.

Posted by: David Cohen at November 15, 2005 3:57 PM


Yes, but the Right got who they wanted.

Posted by: oj at November 15, 2005 4:53 PM