I guess I should be happy. This morning I paid $2.149 for a gallon of unleaded fuel at Costco. Sure beats $3.09 I paid about three months ago.


French Ambassador Admits to Oil for Food Payment

A retired French Ambassador admits to receiving a payment from the Iraqi government while he was working for a Moroccan bank trying to recoup some debts Iraq owed to it. Jean-Bernard Merimee was working for the Morrocan Bank BCME at the time. He was already retired by the French Foreign Ministry, but he retained the title of "Ambassador for Life".

When Merimee approached the president of the BCME about accepting debt repayments from the Oil for Food funds the president scoffed. Merimee then set up his own business to insulate the bank from charges of bribery.

The full story can be read in the London Daily Telegraph.


"Memogate" Document Examiner Responds to Mapes' Book

It appears that Mary Mapes is still misrepresenting the views of the experts she consulted for examining the critical documents in the "60 Minutes II" Bush National Guard story.

Emily Will has established a webpage to respond to, and correct, Ms. Mapes' errors in the book.
Book version is ABSOLUTELY FALSE. What did happen is that in our conversation on Sunday I outlined several problems with two questioned signatures, and with the typescript of the documents, including the superscripting and the proportional spacing, and I said that I had been researching online to determine the earliest date of production of typerwiters offering those features.

What's the over/under line on the number of falsehoods in Mapes' book?

Senator Durbin's Short Term Memory

I dug up the congressional record for the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998. It includes an interesting detail to how Democrats voice their concerns about policy when there is a Democrat in the White House.

Click image for a full view of the bill details

Senator Durbin was in the minority in 1998. He is still in the minority today. His views on Iraq have shifted dramatically as within this timeline we've seen a handover of White House policy from Democrats to Republicans.


Terrel Owens Press Conference Comedy Gold

Press: "What have you[Drew Rosenhaus] done for Terrel Owens other than get him suspended indefinitely?"

Rosenhaus: "Next question."

h4w h4w h4w! We need to find out who asked that question.


Cliff May Links

09/29/2003 NRO story: "Spy Games"
That wasn't news to me. I had been told that — but not by anyone working in the White House. Rather, I learned it from someone who formerly worked in the government and he mentioned it in an offhand manner, leading me to infer it was something that insiders were well aware of.

07/11/2003 NRO story: "Scandal!"

09/28/2003 Corner post: "The Wilson Saga: A Recap"
When I learned that his wife worked for the CIA, it caused me to think better about him. In fact, one friend, a Democrat, cited his wife's occupation to me to suggest that Wilson was not as rabid a partisan as I believed (and as I had alleged in NRO).