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While the media continues to spin the story that isn’t there about the Pentagon IG report, the NY Times entertains it’s readers with this BDS editoral:
“It took far too long, but a report by the Pentagon inspector general has finally confirmed that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld‚Äôs do-it-yourself intelligence office cooked up a link between Iraq and Al Qaeda to help justify an unjustifiable war.
The report said the team headed by Douglas Feith, under secretary of defense for policy, developed ‚Äúalternative‚Äù assessments of intelligence on Iraq that contradicted the intelligence community and drew conclusions ‚Äúthat were not supported by the available intelligence.‚Äù Mr. Feith certainly knew the Central Intelligence Agency would cry foul, so he hid his findings from the C.I.A. Then Vice President Dick Cheney used them as proof of cloak-and-dagger meetings that never happened, long-term conspiracies between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden that didn‚Äôt exist, and ‚Äî most unforgivable ‚Äî ‚Äúpossible Iraqi coordination‚Äù on the 9/11 attacks, which no serious intelligence analyst believed.
The inspector general did not recommend criminal charges against Mr. Feith because Mr. Rumsfeld or his deputy, Paul Wolfowitz, approved their subordinate‚Äôs ‚Äúinappropriate‚Äù operations. The renegade intelligence buff said he was relieved.
We‚Äôre sure he was. But there is no comfort in knowing that his dirty work was approved by his bosses. All that does is add to evidence that the Bush administration knowingly and repeatedly misled Americans about the intelligence on Iraq.
To understand this twisted tale, it is important to recall how Mr. Feith got into the creative writing business. Top administration officials, especially Mr. Cheney, had long been furious at the C.I.A. for refusing to confirm the delusion about a grand Iraqi terrorist conspiracy, something the Republican right had nursed for years. Their frustration only grew after 9/11 and the C.I.A. still refused to buy these theories.
Mr. Wolfowitz would feverishly sketch out charts showing how this Iraqi knew that Iraqi, who was connected through six more degrees of separation to terrorist attacks, all the way back to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
But the C.I.A. kept saying there was no reliable intelligence about an Iraq-Qaeda link. So Mr. Feith was sent to review the reports and come back with the answers Mr. Cheney wanted. The inspector general‚Äôs report said Mr. Feith‚Äô s team gave a September 2002 briefing at the White House on the alleged Iraq-Qaeda connection that had not been vetted by the intelligence community (the director of central intelligence was pointedly not told it was happening) and ‚Äúwas not fully supported by the available intelligence.‚Äù
The false information included a meeting in Prague in April 2001 between an Iraqi official and Mohamed Atta, one of the 9/11 pilots. It never happened. But Mr. Feith‚Äôs report said it did, and Mr. Cheney will still not admit that the story is false.”
Ah Prague! The story of this meeting has been at the crux of the matter for some time, but the writer fails to mention that it’s not conclusive either way. To say “It never happened” is ignorant and uninformed of the facts which are easy enough to look up (see here).
The VP isn’t the only one who stands by the story. Many in the IC community past and present believe that the meeting took place. The Ny Times which has more than enough self interest in this story as The Ny Times went to extraordinary measures to try to shoot it down when it surfaced. However until this day Czech intelligence stands by their report of the meeting.
Yet just as in the case of evidence that Iraq WMD was moved to Syria, so goes the media on the truth of this meeting and the other numerous connections of Al Qaeda and Iraq. Don’t confuse them with facts they’re mind is made up.
But when the writer gets to this point I almost spit me coffee
“It is now up to Mr. Levin and Senator Jay Rockefeller, the current head of the intelligence panel, to give Americans the answers. Mr. Levin‚Äôs desire to have the entire inspector general‚Äôs report on the Feith scheme declassified is a good place to start. But it will be up to Mr. Rockefeller to finally determine how old, inconclusive, unsubstantiated and false intelligence was transformed into fresh, reliable and definitive reports ‚Äî and then used by Mr. Bush and other top officials to drag the country into a disastrous and unnecessary war.”
Yeah, Rockefeller, who by himself went to Syria and announced to the rogue nations of the middle east that we were going to war with Iraq a full year before it happened.
I think that Rocky had better come clean on a few facts about what he has done over the last few years to undermine our national security and put this nation at a great risk to future attack.