January 28, 2003, in his State of the Union address, President Bush told the nation that Saddam Hussein had recently sought significant quantities of uranium in Africa. The mushroom cloud /WMD/nuclear threat was in play. Eight weeks later, America was at war.
The problem was the nuclear charge wasn't true. When a former US ambassador said so, the White House came down on him like a ton of bricks. Yesterday, Vice President Dick Cheney's then chief-of-staff, 'Scooter' Libby, faced the music, with felony convictions on perjury, lying, and obstruction of justice. But the one talking juror asked: "where are the other guys?"
This hour On Point: the day after the Libby verdict, what now?
Quotes from the Show:
"From the very beginning, the investigation seemed to steer away from Dick Cheney and Karl Rove." Jonathan Turley
"It will be the historians who will get to sort this out down the line." Jack Beatty
"I think it's more likely the House might look into this. But they have so many other things on their plate, I think that for them to spend time on this doesn't seem likely." Kenneth Walsh
"I hope the media doesn't let the White House duck out of this ..." Listener from New Hampshire
"History will judge this administration harshly." Jonathan Turley
Michael Isikoff, investigative reporter for Newsweek. co-author of "Hubris: The Inside Story of Spin, Scandal, and the Selling of the Iraq War"
Jonathan Turley, professor of law at George Washington University
Dick Armey, former Republican Congressman from Texas, House Majority Leader from 1995 to 2003
Kenneth Walsh, senior White House correspondent for US News & World ReportJack Beatty, On Point news analyst, senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly
This program aired on March 7, 2007.