Friday, October 22, 2004

From: Bob Harris. . .

Senate Armed Services Staff Report:
Feith Named (Again) In The Saddam/Al-Qaeda Lies

as read by Bob Harris - Oct. 21, 2004


"The record is clearer every day.  The Bushies didn't misunderstand.  They weren't misinformed.
They lied.  And all the claims saying anything else... are just more lies."


Tomorrow's NYT [names inserted for clarity]:

A Democratic U.S. Senator [Carl Levin, D-MI] on Thursday accused a senior Pentagon official [Doug Feith] of distorting intelligence information to back claims of links between Iraq and al Qaeda in the run-up to last year's U.S.-led invasion...

The 46-page report argued that Pentagon assertions of a link between al Qaeda and Iraq's President Saddam Hussein were not supported by intelligence reports on which they were purportedly based.

To refresh your memory, Doug Feith ran the Rumsfeld pet invention (not a traditional Pentagon agency, but a new office, imposed on the existing intelligence structure), the "Office of Special Plans."  This is the dishonest rationalize-the-invasion lie factory that Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski sacrificed her whole career to blow the whistle on.

It looks like now they've documented Feith saying his bullshit had been vetted by the CIA, when it wasn't.

Naturally, the Republicans on the committee have done their best to cover up and spin the report.

The record is clearer every day.  The Bushies didn't misunderstand.  They weren't misinformed.
They lied.  And all the claims saying anything else... are just more lies.

The IHT has a longer, more-detailed story on the same material (credited to the NYT but oddly not on their site) here.

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