Book: Valerie Plame Worked on CIA’s Covert Iraq WMD Program
A new book has revealed that former undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame was the chief of operations on the CIA’s Joint Task Force on Iraq at the time of her outing three years ago. According to journalists David Corn and Michael Isikoff, Plame was part of a secret CIA team that was mounting espionage operations to gather information on Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destructions. The Joint Task Force on Iraq was trying to find evidence that would back up the White House's assertion that Iraq was a WMD danger. Plame was forced to leave her position after her identity was leaked.
President Bush Likens Bin Laden to Hitler
President Bush warned Tuesday that pulling troops out of Iraq would help Osama Bin Laden establish a totalitarian Islamic empire stretching from Europe to North Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. In the speech Bush repeatedly quoted Bin Laden’s own words and compared him to Adolph Hitler.
- President Bush: "Bin Laden and his terrorists allies have made their intentions as clear as Lenin and Hitler before him. The question is will we listen? Will we pay attention to what these evil men say? America and our coalition partners have made our choice. We are taking the words of the enemy seriously. We are on the offensive we will not rest, we will not retreat and we will not withdrawal from the fight until this threat to civilization has been removed."
President Bush also vowed to stay the course in Iraq.
- President Bush: "These evil men know that a fundamental threat to their aspirations is a democratic Iraq that can govern itself, sustain itself and defend itself. The know that given a choice, the Iraqi people will never choose to live in the totalitarian state the extremists hope to establish. And that is why we must not, and we will not, give the enemy victory in Iraq by deserting the Iraqi people."
On Tuesday the White House released an updated version of its "National Strategy for Combating Terrorism." Despite President Bush’s claim that Iraq is the central front on the war on terrorism, Iraq is only mentioned nine times in the 29-page document.
Condoleeza Rice Compares Iraq War to Civil War
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is drawing a parallel between the Iraq war and the U.S. Civil War. In an interview with Essence Magazine, Rice said quote "I'm sure that there were people who said, "Why don't we get out of this now, take a peace with the South, but leave the South with slaves?"
Justice Department Investigates Tom Delay’s Wife
And in news from Washington, the Justice Department has launched an investigation into whether former House Majority Leader Tom Delay’s wife illegally received money from a lobbying firm. Christine Delay was on the payroll of the Alexander Strategy Group but it is unclear if she actually did any work there. She earned $115,000 over a three-year period.
Israel to Build 700 New Settlement Homes in West Bank
Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has authorized the construction of nearly 700 new homes in settlements in the Occupied West Bank. It marks Israel’s largest settlement construction project since Olmert took office in May.
Israeli PM Olmert Faces War Crimes Suit in Spain
Spanish National radio is reporting that a lawsuit is being filed today in Spain’s high court against Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. He is being accused of committing crimes against humanity for ordering military attacks on civilians in Lebanon and Gaza. In recent days, Israel’s Foreign Ministry has expressed concern that senior Israeli military and governmental officials could be prosecuted overseas for committing war crimes in Lebanon. Israeli legal experts say some officers or government officials who traveled to Europe stood the risk of being arrested.
Lebanon Files Complaint With UN Over Israeli Blockade
Meanwhile The Lebanese government has filed an official complaint with the UN Security Council to protest Israel's continued air and sea blockade of the country. UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said he hopes Israel will soon lift the blockade.
- Kofi Annan: "We are working on that problem very hard, it's one of the issues on my agenda right from the beginning and I know it's extremely important for the Lebanese government and for the people of the region. I don't want to raise any false hopes, but I hope that within the next 48 hours we will have some news on that.”