Following the Yellowcake Road

Adam at The Likely Story finds another explosive-if-accurate item, this one in the Independent *: apparently the British intelligence that was supposed to back up the claim that Iraq had tried to buy yellowcake in Africa — the stuff the Brits were “standing behind,” allowing Bush to make the claim that “Britsh intelligence has learned” about a purchase attempt after the documents we got from Italy purporting to demonstrate such an attempt turned out to be bogus — was based on another forgery.

If true, this raises the question: who had the motive, means, and opportunity to put out all these spoof documents about uranium from Niger? Offhand, I can’t come up with a plausible answer.

Update The WaPo — which, as Atrios notes, is becoming like the Wall Street Journal, with conservative editorials almost completely out of touch with the facts reported in its news columns — has a long, well-reported, non-conspiratorial story * about the process by which the WMD threat from Iraq was exaggerated.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com