Something that (unlike the Iraq looking for yellowcake in Africa issue) that might be a real problem for the Bush administration is the outing of a covert operative who is the wife of Joseph Wilson. Wilson is a former US ambassdor who went to Niger to investigate the Niger / Iraq connection. Although he’s touted as “disproving” the line in the State of the Union address, at best he confirmed that Iraq had not purchased any yellowcake (which no one had ever claimed to be true). Wilson also relied on just the word of various Niger officials, which doesn’t seem like the most thorough type of investigation that might have been done.
However, I think we can all agree that
While I hate to make suggestions to the Left, it seems that they’d be better off with this sequence rather than going directly to the “Bush is Evil™” tagline. Getting conservatives to argue against (1..3) would be quite a coup for the other side. On the other hand, once (1..3) are agreed on, then going for (4) looks far less partisan.
The problem for the Left here is two part.
One is that the guilty party might be a career bureaocrat, in which case it would be hard to tag Bush with the issue. I’d be more impressed with the Left if they went after a real issue like this in the hope that it would damage Bush rather than going for verdict first, investigation afterwards.
The second is just taking national security seriously. That’s going to be quite a hurdle.