Monday, October 17, 2005


HatTip to Christine and I just got back from D.C. late last night. It was a good weekend in saying bye our friend, Debbie, before she moves to London. We had lunch with her and then in the evening joined a party that her friends were throwing for her. It was a mix of politicos (mostly dems. not my crowd:), people from CNN (again not my crowd), her college buddies, and her long time friends she grew up with in D.C. It was funny since Christine mentioned how the crowd seemed different from what she has seen. I replied that it was definitely different than the stylish NYC hipsters or the laid back geek/tech scene we were getting use to in SF. Hard to generalize this scene... one way to describe is a preppy frat/sorority scene or maybe a professional frat/sorority flavor? Okay, maybe that doesn't sound good. Anyway, here's the article:

FOR TWO YEARS, THE political class in Washington has followed with intense interest the story of Joseph Wilson and the events that led to the compromising of his wife's identity and undercover status as a CIA operative. The rest of the country seems to have responded with a collective yawn. That will soon change if special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald issues indictments of senior White House aides in his investigation of the alleged leaking of Mrs. Wilson's name.

The narrative constructed to date by the mainstream media is uncomplicated: The White House exaggerated claims of Iraq's efforts to obtain uranium from Niger despite objections from the CIA and the broader U.S. intelligence community. In the late spring of 2003, Joseph Wilson laid bare this White House deception with firsthand accounts of his involvement in the intelligence-gathering. Bush administration officials quickly became obsessed with Wilson, and their anger drove them to retaliate, exposing Wilson's wife, Valerie Plame, by leaking her identity to reporters.
(full article)

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