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Oh, Here’s a Surprise

Posted by MEC on February 9, 2007

From The Guardian:
Pentagon report to condemn ‘inappropriate’ Iraq intelligence

The Pentagon’s inspector general was expected to criticise Douglas Feith, the third most senior official in the US defence department from July 2001 to August 2005, for “inappropriate”, but not illegal, intelligence activities.

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Mr Feith, who resigned in 2005, was a major cheerleader for invading Iraq, to the irritation of some of the Pentagon’s generals. General Tommy Franks, the military commander of the 2003 war in Iraq, once referred to Mr Feith as “the fucking stupidest guy on the face of the earth”.

Leaked excerpts from a summary of the report said Mr Feith’s office drew on “both reliable and unreliable” intelligence reports in 2002 to produce a link between al-Qaida and Iraq “that was much stronger than that assessed by the IC [intelligence community] and more in accord with the policy views of senior officials in the administration”.

The Pentagon inspector general stated that the office of special plans produced intelligence assessments “inconsistent” with, and far more conclusive than the US intelligence consensus.

Shorter version: “The facts were fixed around the policy”.

2 Responses to “Oh, Here’s a Surprise”

  1. And once again, we have to go to The Guardian to find what Tommy Franks (and no doubt other Pentagon brass) thought of Douglas Feith.

  2. MEC said

    And even the Guardian doesn’t mention that Doug Feith discovered an urgent need to spend more time with his family immediately after we learned the FBI was investigating his subordinate, Lawrence Franklin, for espionage (Franklin copped a plea and got a 12-year sentence).

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