If you want real analysis, you’ll have to go down the hall to Dr Tyree’s class…I mean firedoglake or The Next Hurrah. They’re doing such a thorough job that there’s not much point in my trying to figure this all out.
One thing that scientists like me are good at, though, is seeing those little pieces that don’t quite fit or got shoved off in the corner. I’ve got three of those to contribute.
1) Josh Marshall pointed out that Silvio Berlusconi is coming to visit President Bush on Monday. Now Berlusconi is saying that he didn’t like the idea of the Iraq war all along. Italy’s secret service, SISMI, seems to have had something to do with those Niger forgeries. So exactly what is it that Berlusconi and Bush will be talking about? I still think that finding out who did those forgeries will tell us a lot.
2) John Ashcroft began the investigation, then recused himself. What did he find? Has he spoken to the grand jury?
3) Although the pundits are having a wonderful time with the history of second-term presidencies, the activities that led up to Lewis Libby’s indictment took place in George W. Bush’s first term. This probably doesn’t make a difference, but it points to a simple explanation of that second-term problem: the chickens come home to roost.
There are now hundreds of people in the blogosphere poring over all the documents they can find on this subject. Fitzgerald's friday press conference didn't answer all the questions by a long shot. This ain’t gonna end any time soon.