Wednesday, October 26, 2005

How Bad Were the Lies Going to Be?

An interesting question is raised by a commentor over at Josh Marshall’s Talking Points Memo:
Regarding the Colin Powell speech to the U.N., Powell--and now his former Chief of Staff--have said that they threw out much of the draft speech given to them by the White House. Yet, even as delivered, the speech had several falsehoods. My questions: how much worse was the first draft and why can't we see that draft? Nobody can says it's classified because it was exactly what the White House wanted Powell to tell the whole world.
If Powell’s lie-ridden presentation to the U.N. was the more acceptable (to an already wary State Department) version, how embarrassingly idiotic must the first draft have been? I sure hope this comes out. I’m sure it’ll be entertaining as much as it is damning.

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