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Douglas Feith Defends Bush on ‘Daily Show’

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Posted on May 13, 2008

Is some of what we now consider common knowledge about the run-up to the Iraq war wrong—for example, that we were deceived about the U.S.‘s reasons for invading Iraq? Former Pentagon official Douglas Feith, who has been harshly criticized for his involvement in that process, thinks so—and he has a new book to make his point. Here he faces Jon Stewart and his “Daily Show” audience to talk about it all.

Thanks to John Harrison at The Largest Minority for the tip.

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By Michael Keenan, May 15, 2008 at 6:23 pm Link to this comment
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The two versions

Williams draft “Iraq ... is developing as a priority longer-range missile systems capable of threatening Nato (Greece and Turkey?)”

Final dossier “Iraq ... constructed a new engine test stand for the development of missiles capable of reaching the UK sovereign base areas in Cyprus and Nato members (Greece and Turkey)”

Williams draft “There is also compelling evidence that Iraq has sought the supply of significant quantities of uranium from Africa”

Final dossier “There is intelligence that Iraq has sought the supply of significant quantities of uranium from Africa”

Does Mr Feith has this memo in his spin file?

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By DennisD, May 15, 2008 at 1:18 pm Link to this comment
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Pacrat - I’ve seen the 60 Minutes interview with this clown and heard other radio interviews as well.

Yes - at the risk of denigrating stumps everywhere - he is as dumb as one.

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By cyrena, May 15, 2008 at 1:55 am Link to this comment

This is a good idea JimM, but geeze…it would take a MOVEMENT to get them all. We’re still working on Berkeley and Boalt Hall for hiring John Yoo.

There’s a whole slew of these war criminals in academia now. It’s like, even if we COULD afford to send our kids to college, we’d have to check out each and every faculty member at each and every college first.

MOST of this regime of war criminals have wormed their ways into academia. NO PLACE IS SAFE!

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By JimM, May 14, 2008 at 7:22 pm Link to this comment

Email them and ask why they are employing a war criminal as a professor.

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By Thomas Billis, May 14, 2008 at 7:19 pm Link to this comment

What did you expect him to do come out with a book that says” you got us.I am a war criminal and will pay my own ticket to the Hague.“It is what the democrats to make these lying sacks of s$$t in suits the punishment they deserve.If the democrats sweep these war crimes under the rug and Nancy Pelosi decides again what parts of the Constitution she will enforce this country is truly a two party dictatorship.

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By cyrena, May 14, 2008 at 5:27 pm Link to this comment

Thanks for this correction Non Credo. It is actually important. (at least to me). Sounds like I need to to a cross reference to both, and find out who the original authors were, and how many or which ones of them carried over to form PNAC.

How did Jeb Bush wind up as one of those signatories anyway? And that other guy, Zalmay Khalizad? Are there any other obvious Saudi Arabian operatives that I’m missing that were involved in the authorship or the formation of PNAC? Just if you know off the top of your head. Otherwise I can check when I finish up my deadline stuff.

Thanks again…

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By Brusays, May 14, 2008 at 12:27 pm Link to this comment
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We must always keep in mind that these people (Feith, Cheney, Rove etc.) are not re-actors attempting to re-write history, but pro-actors who’ve already changed history’s course. They’re insane…but very, very sly. Those directing this president (as we all know, Bush doesn’t have the necessary smarts) calculated and carefully planned this entire charade.

They knew that after 9/11 they had to quickly step in to take maximum advantage of our nation’s grief and re-direct and re-form that grief into hate and revenge. In calmer, clearer, less emotional times the nation would not likely have fallen for the ruse. So, the architects quickly defined the enemy (Hussein) and labeled that enemy as the essence of evil. They played on our emotions by talking up the gassing of innocent civilians, replaying the mushroom cloud scenarios, and pounding us with the golden, oil-rich palaces and backroom beheadings. 

With some exceptions, Americans - so needful of a defined and clearly labeled enemy - fell for the ruse hook, line and sinker. It was a feeding frenzy, in fact, as we tuned in and ate up the Corporate Media’s relish for a good story.

I suspect that many politicians didn’t fall for the ruse. But, as politicians understand, they knew to defer to the wishes of their voters (and those who fill their campaign coffers) and went along with it. And I suspect that Feith, Cheney, Rove etc. knew this would happen - they counted on it happening - so long as they kept feeding the flames of revenge.

And it worked, didn’t it? And still does! The men and women who orchestrated this charade aren’t behind bars or in the ground. No - they’re appearing on talk shows, for pity sake! Heck, they’re still running the show!

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By Pacrat, May 14, 2008 at 10:26 am Link to this comment
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Feith was certainly no match for Jon Stewart and his book attempting to justify Bush and his involvement in causing the deaths of thousands of Americans and Iraqis and the destruction of thousands of families sounds like crap. However, it will sell to the 20 or so percent of oeople who still believe that the attack on Iraq was justified. However, it will likely sell to the several believers in this Blight House who can read.

He can’t have written the book. He doesn’t seem bright or articulate enough to have even been considered for this position in DOD - let alone write about it.

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By Purple Girl, May 14, 2008 at 9:09 am Link to this comment

Good we need someone to compile the evidence agaisnt this adminstration into one Book- wish he could have added a DVD for video documentation too- since the media doesn’t ahve the Balls or is so far into their Complicity they won’t share.
but that’s alright- We ahve great memories- when off our medication. In fact I can Remember back to crimes tha twere committed Decades ago that Cheney & Co will not be eligible for ‘statues of limitations’- WE’ll be taking that ‘free pass’ and holding over the other constitutional laws which this admin has suspended until we get through ALL The CRIMINALS up on Treason, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humantiy.
Ain’t it grand when a dumbass hands you their own Ass!!

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By cyrena, May 14, 2008 at 2:44 am Link to this comment

Not ‘spinning’ Todd, it’s just more lying…flagrant, blatant, lying with his face hanging out and his wig falling off. You’d think he could afford a real hair transplant, and not that disgusting looking rug on his head. What, does he need to keep his brain warm to keep the lies going?

I almost didn’t even bother to watch this, because we already know that this is an evil man and that as Fadel said, he’s been a primary architect of this war.

But, I’m glad I did, because he’s such a bad liar, that all he did was reveal himself that much more. Like when he accused Colbert of insinuating that the administration came into office ‘hell bent’ on war, he gave himself away there (only one of the times) because that had NOT been the insinuation from Colbert, but the rest of us know that’s EXACTLY what they were…hell bent since at least 1997, when this gangster group -the PNAC- Feith included, came up with their Clean Break project.

So hell yeah, we KNOW they were hell bent on war with everybody in the Middle East, beginning with Saddam and Iraq, and the plans to continue from there. I specifically remember in the run up, how North Korea was was escalating their own beligerence, and testing nukes every other day, and threatening to build more. It was almost like…HEY, look at us, aren’t we in the Axis too? How come you’re not threatening us, and we’re shooting off these things every chance we get.

There was NO reaction from the Dick Bushies, because they were too focused on Saddam and Iraq, and anybody knew that Saddam was ‘super contained’ from 11 years of sanctions, and 8 years of war on Iran, and all the rest. There was no way that Saddam had any weapons, and this liar is sitting here claiming that their intelligence wasn’t good enough to know that. I knew it, so why didn’t they?

And then he keeps on lying by claiming that Saddam didn’t properly reveal on his declarations forms, when we KNOW that the US inspectors were ALL OVER Iraq for a full 6 months before they lauched the war, that they were gonna launch, NO MATTER WHAT.

I hate liars.

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By Don Stivers, May 13, 2008 at 6:36 pm Link to this comment

Well gee.  They made a mistake.  Well you, who was undersecretary of Defense, should not be walking around publishing a book.  Drunk drivers involved in fatal accidents go to jail for a long time for their mistake of getting drunk.  There are international laws, which the United States is a signatory on, prohibiting preemptive wars.  You are a BIG part of the mistake of going to war.  You deserve jail time for your mistake of going to war.  Just like the drunk who made a mistake of driving and causing a fatal accident and going to JAIL.

YOU and others are responsible for the death and maiming of THOUSANDS.

GO TO JAIL!  MAYBE even be hung.

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By PatrickHenry, May 13, 2008 at 5:35 pm Link to this comment

Of people to be hanged after the revolution.

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By Fadel Abdallah, May 13, 2008 at 5:06 pm Link to this comment

Rewarding Evil!

It’s been well established that Doug Faith is one of the axis of evil within the Bush administration, and one of the main architects of the criminal war in Iraq.

Now that he is out of office, he has embarked on making his million from a book, and I find it repugnant that he is invited to promote his book and make a big buck over the bodies of the thousands he helped kill. So this is a case of rewarding evil with a chance to make big money. Of course, what he is going to say in his book that we already don’t know except that he is going to put a spin on the facts to make himself and his evil boss look innocent!

When at stake are the wasted lives of thousands of innocent American and Iraqi souls, the total destruction of Iraq, plus the ruin of American treasury, I only believe in quick justice. And in a quick justice situation, this Faithless Dog (his new name in my dictionary) should rank as number 5 or 6 among the criminal gang responsible for this quagmire who should be hanged in a public place after a quick symbolic trial.

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By Todd, May 13, 2008 at 5:06 pm Link to this comment
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Geebus, I can not even listen to these freakin Pentagon a-holes. What it boils down to is this: he’s spinning. “I don’t think they deliberately mislead the public.” Yeah, well Dougie Fresh, we sorta knew you’d claim to think that already. We don’t need to read a gd book about your BS.

ARg. double arg.

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