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SUPPORTING THE TROOPS! We’re off to entertain the troops. But you might want to read Mother Jones:

TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2003

SUMMER READING: Today, we’re off to entertain the troops—well, some people down in Fredericksburg, Virginia. So we’ll postpone till tomorrow our ruminations about those famous crudely forged documents—ruminations about certain parts of this story which don’t seem to make too much sense. In the meantime, we’ll suggest three reading assignments that are well worth your time:

The aluminum tubes: As we’ve noted, uranium-from-Africa played almost no role in the American war debate. By contrast, those aluminum tubes played a key, central role from the summer of 2002 on. Mother Jones has produced a review of this tubular story—a story the mainstream press swept aside because Niger was more entertaining. You know what to do: Just click here.

Weaknesses in the Niger story: Over at Spinsanity, Ben Fritz and Brendan Nyhan have produced a digest of weaknesses in the Niger story. Just to drive some readers crazy, we offer a link. Just click here.

Who might have forged those crudely forged documents: Again, we suggest that you read Seymour Hersh’s piece from the March 31 New Yorker. Who might have forged those crudely forged documents? And how did the State Department fail to notice that they were so crudely forged? The pundit corps isn’t pursuing these matters. Seymour Hersh did: Just click here.

The facts in these matters are quite unclear, but we find those crudely forged documents rather puzzling. We’ll return to that topic tomorrow.