Wednesday, May 31, 2006


Also among the guests, P. T. Barnum, Jeff Skilling, and Charles Ponzi

Paul Kiel of TPM Muckraker: Two weeks ago, Amir Taheri published an op-ed in Canada's National Post about an Iranian law that forced Jews to wear a yellow stripe. The story, reminiscent of Nazi Germany, quickly provoked outrage, but was just as quickly revealed to be a total fabrication. It also ran in the New York Post. Apparently this is just the sort of reliable advice that President Bush needs. Yesterday, Taheri had a face-to-face with the President as one of a small group of "experts" on Iraq that visited the White House. According to Press Secretary Tony Snow, the experts were invited to the White House for their "honest opinions" on Iraq.
Chris Matthews (Hardball) interviewed two individuals who attended the meeting (McAfree was one). He/they described a six-on-one discussion between the guests and POTUS, with staffers sitting in the background taking notes. Then, Mr. Matthews asked what I thought to be an extremely interesting question: What was Karl Rove doing there in light of his supposedly reduced role with regard to policy? (Guests stated that he came in late and sat quietly in the back or room.)

Good question, Mr. Matthews, good question indeed.
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