In One Eye

Friday, June 27, 2003
It's episodes like this that give Boomers like me a real sense of deja vu:
Bush administration officials scrambled yesterday to reaffirm a Central Intelligence Agency report saying that two trailers found in Iraq were mobile biological weapons laboratories, despite an analysis from the State Department's intelligence division that cast doubt on that conclusion.

State Department spokesman Richard Boucher insisted that the CIA had adequately considered all the questions raised by the department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research, and that Secretary of State Colin Powell had been satisfied with the CIA response. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer disputed the bureau's questions, saying that it was not as well-qualified to judge the evidence as the CIA.
OK. You've got the US involved in an undeclared unnecessary war; you've got various federal agencies appearing as if they have no idea what's going on in said war; you've got a pugnacious press secretary who feels obliged to justify his administration's ideology no matter what proof appears to the contrary, etc., etc., etc.

I know the year ends in a "3." But is this 2003 or 1973?