The condensed Joseph Wilson.

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May 6 2004 6:33 PM

The Condensed Joseph Wilson

Slate reads The Politics of Truth so you don't have to.

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Page 348: "I was waking up in the middle of the night and pacing the floor, as I had during that critical period in Baghdad during Desert Shield. Back then, my mind would be going a thousand miles a minute, trying to gain an edge on the thugs in the Iraqi regime; now I was trying to predict what the thugs in my own government would do. …"

Wherein Our Hero Decides To Play Dirty

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After seeing his wife unmasked by anonymous Bushies, Wilson wheels out unnamed sources for many of his juiciest allegations.

Page 313: A "colleague" at the State Department tells Wilson that the president wasn't referring to Niger when, in his 2003 State of the Union address, he said, "Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa." The Bushies later admit Bush was referring to Niger and concede the error.

Page 326: Even before Wilson publishes his op-ed, a "respected reporter" tells him of a secret meeting in the vice president's office in which administration officials think of ways to slime Wilson. Newt Gingrich attends and "actively participate[s]."

Page 332: Most intriguing: It's a "senior official in the administration" who suggests to Wilson write that he write his infamous op-ed for the Times.

Our Hero Is Disabused of His Delusions of Grandeur

Page 297: Condi Rice, who served in the first Bush administration when Wilson was acting ambassador to Iraq, says she has never heard of Wilson. "Perhaps she has a poor memory," Wilson writes.

Page 348-9: After the publication of Wilson's New York Times op-ed, world leaders race to declare they've never met Wilson. First out of the gate are British Foreign Minister Jack Straw and Australian Prime Minister John Howard.

Our Hero's Delusions Are Restored

Page 354: When Wilson attends a Nation editorial board meeting, someone suggests he deserves a standing ovation.

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