Question About Cheney and Wilson
Update: Thanks to Mark Hatch-Miller of Majority Report at Air America Radio for pointing this out:
This is Wilson on Democracy Now! from September 2003:
“Well, first of all the Vice President is right, we've never met. He was Secretary of Defense when I was in charge of our agency in Baghdad and as one of the principals of the National Security Council, he was certainly in National Security Council meetings chaired by President Bush when discussions were being held on reports that I was submitting on a regular basis from Baghdad. While we've never met he certainly knows who I am and should know unless his memory is flawed and faulty.”
Joseph Wilson will be on their show tonight.
Update: Thanks to Bob Harris for providing this shorter version:
Shorter version: during the first Gulf War, Dick Cheney was Secretary of Defense. And America's man in Baghdad passing along White House demands to Saddam was... Joe Wilson. Dick Cheney doesn't know who this guy is?
In September, 2003, on Meet the Press, Dick Cheney that said he did not know Joseph Wilson and had never met him.
MR. RUSSERT: Now, Ambassador Joe Wilson, a year before that, was sent over by the CIA because you raised the question about uranium from Africa. He says he came back from Niger and said that, in fact, he could not find any documentation that, in fact, Niger had sent uranium to Iraq or engaged in that activity and reported it back to the proper channels. Were you briefed on his findings in February, March of 2002?
VICE PRES. CHENEY: No. I don’t know Joe Wilson. I’ve never met Joe Wilson. A question had arisen. I’d heard a report that the Iraqis had been trying to acquire uranium in Africa, Niger in particular. I get a daily brief on my own each day before I meet with the president to go through the intel. And I ask lots of question. One of the questions I asked at that particular time about this, I said, “What do we know about this?” They take the question. He came back within a day or two and said, “This is all we know. There’s a lot we don’t know,” end of statement. And Joe Wilson—I don’t who sent Joe Wilson. He never submitted a report that I ever saw when he came back.
...like I say, I don’t know Mr. Wilson. I probably shouldn’t judge him. I have no idea who hired him and it never came...
Dick Cheney was Defense Secretary under former President Bush during Gulf War I. Joseph Wilson was charge d'affaires in Baghdad.
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