Following up on the previous post, let’s assume for a moment that neither the president nor any of his top advisors knew that the Niger-uranium documents were bogus when the president delivered his State of the Union speech. (Let’s call it an extreme hypothetical.) Let’s say it was just a snafu.
If it’s really true that folks at the State Department knew the story was bogus, and folks in the intelligence community knew it was bogus, and folks at the NSC were told it was bogus, and folks at the OVP were told it was bogus … If all those people knew, and somehow the information never got to the president or any of his top advisors, isn’t that the kind of Category-5 screw-up that, almost by definition, costs a National Security Advisor her job?
If the president were given information to tell the public, even while many people in his own government knew the information was bogus — and I think we now know that’s true — don’t you figure he’d want some answers or explanations? From someone?
I think this is the sort of mystery Ockham’s Razor slices right through.