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Before the Invasion, There Was Feith

Posted on Feb 13, 2007
Doug Feith
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Douglas J. Feith, former undersecretary of defense for policy and the chief policy adviser under then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, gestures during a 2005 interview with the Associated Press in Bethesda, Md.

By Robert Scheer

Someday, you are going to read a whole lot about the shenanigans of one Douglas J. Feith and an elaborate scheme to get the United States to invade Iraq. That is because Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., has been determined to get to the bottom of this sordid tale and is now, fortunately, head of the Senate Armed Services Committee and thereby empowered to get at the truth.

Last week, his focus led to the partial declassification of a report produced by the Pentagon’s inspector general. Although its shocking revelations did not get the coverage they deserved—what with a jealous astronaut under arrest and the death of a certain voluptuous stripper/heiress—efforts such as Levin’s eventually will uncover the full picture of why President Bush committed to a war costing tens of thousands of lives and an expected $1 trillion that served no valid national security purpose.

The tale begins with Feith, who was appointed undersecretary of defense for policy in the Pentagon by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld after Bush was installed in the White House in 2000 by the Supreme Court. Feith’s office manufactured an “Alternative Analysis on the Iraq-Al Qaeda Relationship,” which ignored the consensus of the intelligence community that the two natural enemies—one a secular Arab government, the other a fundamentalist terror group bent on destruction of same—were not, nor ever had been, working together, despite a shared enmity for the United States.

Most important, as the Pentagon’s independent inspector general noted, the intelligence did not support any connection between Saddam Hussein’s regime and the brutal Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Nevertheless, such an apocryphal connection was asserted repeatedly by the Bush administration based largely on the cherry-picked information compiled and presented by Feith’s highly ideological group within the Pentagon.

“[I]ntelligence indicates cooperation in all categories” and a “mature symbiotic relationship” between Iraq and al-Qaida, Feith conveniently reported to superiors who had already decided on the need to overthrow Saddam and were seeking a way to link it to Americans’ rage at Osama bin Laden. These alleged “multiple areas of cooperation” included “shared interest and pursuit” of weapons of mass destruction and “some indications of possible Iraq coordination with al Qaeda related to 9/11.” All of those claims were known by the intelligence community to be false or completely unproven, as documented by the nonpartisan 9/11 commission. Yet, they were presented by Feith’s office “unbeknownst to the Director of Central Intelligence,” according to the report, were “not vetted by the Intelligence Community” and were “not supported by the available intelligence.”

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The most glaring distortion was Feith’s indefensible reliance on a shaky, discredited report from a Czech intelligence agent who said 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta had a meeting with a top Iraqi diplomat in Prague five months before Sept. 11, 2001. As the 9/11 commission reported, there was never any good evidence of such a meeting, yet Vice President Dick Cheney continued to assert it as true, long after the facts were known. Cheney even called Feith’s report the “best source of information” on the alleged relationship between Iraq and al-Qaida after it was leaked to the neoconservative Weekly Standard.

So was the White House in on this hustle? It is hard to imagine it wasn’t, because Feith was selected by Cheney and Rumsfeld to run the “alternative” intelligence operation precisely because they knew he was an inveterate hawk, long committed publicly to a rollback strategy that would ensure Israel’s security through regime change in the Arab world, beginning with Iraq.

That radical and dangerous notion, based on a deep hostility to the Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts pursued by all previous presidents, had been clearly outlined by Feith in a 1996 report he co-wrote with Richard Perle and other prominent neoconservatives called “A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm,” issued by an Israeli think tank. The report spelled out a rosy scenario under which a new post-Saddam Iraq with a Shiite-majority government would support a pro-Israel position.

The absurdity of that expectation has been well demonstrated by the close ties of the Iraqi Shiite leadership with an Iranian government that is publicly committed to eliminating Israel. Of course, as a private citizen, Feith had the right to endorse such deeply erroneous views—but why was a man given to such bizarre analysis placed in a position of critical importance in the U.S. government?

More important, why did the president raise Feith’s analysis over that of the government’s lavishly funded intelligence agencies? That is the basic question, and one that truth-diggers such as Levin eventually may be able to answer.


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By Armando Rozário, March 4, 2007 at 4:28 pm Link to this comment
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Mr. Feith wanted to bomb the Brazil-Paraguay Bridge in late 2001. We will learn the truth some day when the secret papers are released. - Armando Rozário - Cabo Frio - Brazil, March 04, 2007

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By TAO Walker, February 28, 2007 at 9:33 pm Link to this comment
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Three day (#54855) has the mechanix, and the manipulators, of this ultimate virtual-world death-trap pyramid scheme pegged.  The thing is, though, these predators intend to skip the “serfdom” phase entirely, and go right to a factory-farm/feedlot/slaughterhouse operation with already captive domesticated humans as the livestock.  The institutional framework has long been in-place.  Most of the machinery of surveillance and control is installed, too. 

The meat-grinder of “perpetual war for perpetual peace” (a-k-a “the war on terror” and “the clash of civilizations’) is well-into its break-in run, also.  So is the crockpot of permanent global wage/debt slavery, for the hapless human herds.  The final intended end-product, besides a raped and ruined world, is supposed to be the total destruction of the natural free wild human spirit, and its eternal obliteration from the known universe….an insane objective that has already failed of realization.

The real “good news” is that none of us Two-leggeds will still be aboard when, much sooner than later, the whole infernal she-bang runs smack into the impenetrable limits of its own internal contradictions.  We’ll all be back home in the actual Living Arrangement, where we belong….naturally.

HokaHey!

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By Three day, February 22, 2007 at 9:21 am Link to this comment
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As overpopulation erodes the value of individual workers the world will evolve a new feudal order.  The aristocracy uses puppets, such as Cheney and Bush, to concentrate wealth, power and privalige.  The sense of hubris they experience is enhanced by inhabiting a cacoon of luxury while laughing at a swirling chaos of misery.  The real purpose of government is to crush the working class and erase the concept of “civil liberties”.  These mini wars and crisis of “sectarian terrorism” are convenient opportunities to build the new feudalism.  Far from being incompetent, stupid, or corrupt, these people are doing the job they’re really hired for.

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By Keith, February 20, 2007 at 11:11 pm Link to this comment
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Here is a link to the 2004 Mother Jones article by Robert Dreyfuss and Jason Vest:

http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature/2004/01/12_405.html?welcome=true

There are taboos in the mainstream media against printing articles that critical of the US—-especially if it is serious international crime.  It took eighteen months of refusals before the MSM was forced into reporting the My Lai massacre.  They were afraid to touch the Downing Street Memo.  Today they will not say that Joseph Wilson told the truth and Bush lied in the State of the Union Speech.  I know because I am listening to CNN’s “Situation Room” (allegedly the most liberal MSM) right now.

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By Big Al, February 20, 2007 at 6:16 pm Link to this comment
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Comment #54438 by BM asks:

“Why is no one referring to the Rico statutes for this group?  Wasn’t the OSP clearly a conspiracy to commit fraud? ”
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You want to know why, BM? Because the fraud was being committed for Israel, with the full participation of Ariel Sharon’s government.

It is politically just about impossible to address this matter, because the Israel lobby controls both major political parties in this country.

Robert Dreyfuss explains all this in a July 2003 article for The Nation called “More Missing Intelligence”:

“According to the former official, also feeding information to the Office of Special Plans was a secret, rump unit established last year in the office of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel….”

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20030707/dreyfuss

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By Jim Mazzoni, February 20, 2007 at 11:52 am Link to this comment
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So now the mass media is finally catching up with the 10/04 edition of Mother Jones-whcih described in detail Feith’s and the other neocons’ criminal plotting and shenanigans. It is titled “the Irag lie factory.”

Bush and Cheney URGENTLY need to be impeached and prosecuted fully as the war criminals they are.

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By Keith, February 19, 2007 at 10:29 pm Link to this comment
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A fine article, but—instead of saying “...a war costing tens of thousands of lives and an expected $1 trillion that served no valid national security purpose”,  I would say a war costing 658,000 lives (excellent Johns Hopkins/Lancet study covering up to July 2006, plus number of US military) and an expected $2.2 trillion (excellent Stiglitz-Bilmes study that they now consider too low) that harmed our national security (16 intelligence agencies of the US plus every study in the world). 
  It is far more reasonable to go with what the Downing Street Memo (and all other evidence) shows—that we wanted to take Iraq and any intelligence would be made up later, than to bend over backwards trying to explain why all the intelligence was so “flawed”.  Weren’t the reasons for the last 100 US invasions of other countries later found to not be true.  I like books by William Blum and Stephen Kinzer.

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By BM, February 19, 2007 at 9:26 pm Link to this comment
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Why is noone referring to the Rico statutes for this group?  Wasn’t the OSP clearly a conspiracy to commit fraud?  A conspiracy to take the United States to war?  Seems to me that if the Rico laws can take down the Mafia, they’re ideally suited to put stripes on the likes of Feith, Rumsfeld, Cheney, and ultimately, Bush.

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By Kellina, February 18, 2007 at 10:49 am Link to this comment
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Before the invasion (way before), there was 9/11, an inside job.

Excellent article follows:

http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_peter_za_070212_9___11__living_in_th.htm

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By jeff crum, February 18, 2007 at 10:08 am Link to this comment
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Israel would like to start a war with Iran and supports this desire by citing a quote from Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that Israel should be wiped off the map. But this is an erroneous translation of what he said. According to University of Michigan professor Juan Cole and Farsi language analysts, Ahmadinejad was quoting Ayatollah Khomeini, who said the “regime occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time.” Cole said this “does not imply military action or killing anyone at all.” Journalist Diana Johnstone points out the quote is not aimed at the Israeli people, but at the Zionist “regime” occupying Jerusalem. “Coming from a Muslim religious leader,” Johnstone wrote, “this opinion is doubtless based on objection to Jewish monopoly of a city considered holy by all three of the Abramic monotheisms.” Iran has not threatened to invade Israel.

-Marjorie Cohn is a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, president of the National Lawyers Guild, and the U.S. representative to the executive committee of the American Association Jurists.

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By Bob, February 18, 2007 at 5:23 am Link to this comment
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Feith is ANOTHER lying butt-boy for the present administration!!

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By Wanda Marie Woodward, M.S., February 17, 2007 at 5:07 pm Link to this comment
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The primary reasons that Bush/Cheney/AIPIC, etc. appear insane to us is that they are.  Insane and drunk with greed.  Why would Bush reject the sound advice of 98% of military experts and Middle East analysts who say the answer to the Iraq problem is a diplomatic issue, not a military issue and, instead, throw more money and bodies in the middle of a Civil War? For two reasons: 1. Because the AMERICAN OIL COMPANIES are still cutting deals and building pipelines and securing oil interests.  If America withdrew from Iraq now, the American OIL COMPANIES WOULD LOSE too much.  2. Because America has stirred up a hornet’s nest in the Middle East and, pulling out now, would mean that Bush/Cheney and their colleagues of Darkness would be taken to the gallows in the international court of public opinion.  3. Because AIPIC and the Zionist regime in Israel (I am not referring to all Jews, so please don’t hurl the anti-semitic epithets) stand to lose alot of power if the Iraq War bungles while Bush and Cheney are still in power.

While I am no fan of Arab extremists or of extremists and fundamentalists of any ilk, I do believe the calls from the President of Iran for Israel to be wiped off the map are referring specifically to the narrow group of Israeli Zionists and not to the Jews in general.  Why else would the President of Iran invite and WELCOME a group of Jewish rabbis to the Holocaust Conference last year?  It is the Israeli Zionists who are vehement in their oppression of the Palestinian people.  This group of Israeli Zionists do not represent the broadest sector of the Jewish people in either Israel or in the U.S.  Unfortunately, they do make up the AIPIC group who has a stranglehold on our current administration. Bush feels guilty because his grandfather, Prescott Bush, financially funded Hitler and his Nazi regime.  Intergenerational guilt runs deep.  Perhaps the AIPIC elite know this and much more and hold this over the Bush family’s head.

It is nothing new that public perception of government officials and politicians is one of greed and deceit.  However, today’s atmosphere is different even when compared to the Nixon White House.  One can only surmise that when the world has gotten to the point where leaders are perceived by 70-80% of the masses as INSANE and doing what is so clearly antithetical to the common good and the public interest, there has to be some underlying cause hidden from the masses.  I am of the unstinted conviction that this underlying secret has to do with blackmail information on the Bush family going back decades, along with the truth of where this entire planet is headed in terms of economic and ecological tragedy which will place at risk either the wealthy and their fortunes or the remainder of the common good.  One group has to pay a price.  As I see it, the wealthy are in control and making sure that they scramble for the last gold nugget before the ship of life and ecological well-being for all of humanity sinks to the bottom of the sea.  Technology has brought this world to the point where half of the human race is no longer needed in terms of employment.  With overpopulation and global warming, what are we to do with all these masses of people who are without work?  How can the wealthy stay wealthy when 2/3 of humanity is out of work and 1/4 of the world is in abject poverty and starving?  The only way the wealthy maintain their wealth is for the masses of middle class and poor to buy the products from the companies where the wealthy have invested.  When the masses are unemployed and can no longer afford these products, there is no longer an IV of money flowing into the veins of these few wealthy people.  This is the fear that seems most to be driving the madmen in political office.  It is the only way I can make sense of why they are doing things that are clearly INSANE and against the interest of the common good.

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By Ben Stone, February 17, 2007 at 12:22 pm Link to this comment
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Bob,
Levin’s efforts might be criticized as ‘chipping away at the truth’, but they’re a step in the right direction, and head and shoulders above what a Republican Congress would deliver.

The Watergate investigation started low and worked its way up. Maybe this investigation will too.

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By Kwagmyre, February 16, 2007 at 6:54 pm Link to this comment
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#53902 by Bill:

“If the generals had BALLS they would overthrow a government that no longer serves the people.”

Yes, a swift and effective coup d’etat could be the answer to our prayers since impeachment doesn’t seem like an option “on the table.”

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By Dale Headley, February 16, 2007 at 11:35 am Link to this comment
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Douglas Feith?  Who cares?  Instead of pursuing the likes of Feith and Scooter Libby, neither of whom can hurt us again, we should instead be focusing on the ultimate source of Feith’s lies:  George Bush and Dick Cheney, because they not only CAN continue to hurt us, but ARE doing so as I write.
  Bush & Cheney lied.  They ordered Doug Feith to lie.  They ordered Colin Powell, Condi Rice, George Tenet, and countless others to lie.  They continue to lie because that is their core principle.  And their lies are killing young American soldiers, not to mention hundreds of thousands of innocent iraqis.  Cynically, many of the Republicans in Congress persist in perpetuating those lies.  Witness the statement on Tuesday by minority leader,  John Boehner, who said, without a trace of irony or shame, “WE didn’t start this war; THEY did!”  Bush’s blatant, monstrous, lies got us into Iraq and they are about to get us into a deeper, more disastrous war if we keep allowing him to get away with it.

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By bill, February 15, 2007 at 10:55 pm Link to this comment
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While this story is important;it pales in importance to real vital national isues like “who is the father of Ana Nicoles baby”. As long as America is only interested in the crap media presents as news and issues, we will be funding the military industrial complex.I fought in a war: the cowardly lyin’ Bush sends young people of to the worst possible experience possible.If the generals had BALLS they would overthrow a government that no longer serves the people.

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By Fadel Abdallah, February 15, 2007 at 9:23 pm Link to this comment
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I am finally convinced that whenever and wherever there is a big evil or a devilish conspiracy in the world, one must seek the Israeli connection, and there will always be one. No wonder that some frustrated people are calling for wiping Israel out of the map of the world. After all I have read, culminating with this report at Truthdig, I understand the reason behind this call, though I myself do not advocate that. I advocate a long period of peace in the region, which will naturally prepare the ground for the disappearance of colonial Zionist Israel as we know it today.

However, I know that Israel will not be wiped out as a result of an outside military attack by a hostile power, because reasonable people will always remember that Israel possess a huge arsenal of nukes that they will be more than happy to use, giving militaristic Israel a new vigor and lease on life.

From its very inception,however, Zionist Israel carries within it the seeds of its own destruction. So I urge those who are disgusted with colonial Zionist Israel to be patient; for the laws of nature and / or a Just God will take care of that in due time!

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By Jackie T. Gabel, February 15, 2007 at 6:40 pm Link to this comment
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RE:    •    Comment #53769 by SteelMagnolia  on  2/15  at  10:01 am — “When is someone, besides me, going to hold the media’s feet to the fire and insist they stop calling this mess “intelligence failure”.  It was not an intelligence failure, it was the Bush crime family’s failure to listen to the intelligence and the media’s fault for not reporting what they were doing at the time. Was I the only one listening to Scott Ritter, et al?”

>>>> Absolutely not, but the next time

you’re at one of his book-tour lectures, please ask him to relate his analysis to 911Truth.  Bush/Co. cite “the lessons of 911” literally every time they need an excuse for any military decision they take or any constitutional right they suspend. Obviously, it’s the lynchpin for the entire adventure, which was absolutely the most stunning “intelligence success” of all time.

A rogue network of operatives, in service to the NWO, within and without global intelligence agencies managed to pull off the most spectacularly horrific act of False Flag Terror since Nero set fire to Rome. And, they managed to get it hung on a gang of patsies made to look, for all the world, like their most useful enemy; all of which was followed up by a virtually irrefutably resounding MSM resonance. Then they got their Global War of Terror and here we are, with a broken army dug into a handful of bases in Iraq and a loaded navy, poised to launch on Iran, at the first sign of an incident.

These madmen must be stopped. Russia and China are heavily invested in Iran. The fate of the world hangs in the balance. The charge is simple and clear: misprisions of treason — we simply need a Congress with the guts to bring the charge against the entire administration — constitutional crisis be damned. The alternative is far worse.

Was I the only one listening to Webster G. Tarpley?

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http://www.911busters.com/New_911_Evidence/WMV/Webster_Tarpley_NYC.wmv

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By scout, February 15, 2007 at 5:48 pm Link to this comment
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hey, google feith’s name and you’ll see that he is an Israeli spy:  the rat works for Israel.

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By felicity, February 15, 2007 at 3:29 pm Link to this comment
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It’s no secret that the Neocon Crime Family has been trying to get a foot in the door of government power for years.  Cheney was and is the guy who opened the door wide and invited them in.  The Crime Family’s agenda fit perfectly with Cheney’s insatiable lust for power.

Cheney was in the Nixon WH when Nixon got the axe, which, in Cheney’s head reduced the Executive Branch to a mere adjunct of Congress.  Cheney saw the Neocon agenda as a way to concentrate power in the Executive - and therefore in him - to hell with Congress, which he’s likened to a bunch of “flies.”

Then there’s Bush, the loser, the guy who can never do anything right.  Convincing him that, with his Divine leadership, the peoples of the world would be freed from tyranny and as a result he’d get a statue on the Washington Mall was a cake-walk.  Bush, the savior of the world.  How’s that for a Divine calling?

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By Sigrid Smith, February 15, 2007 at 12:58 pm Link to this comment
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I was going to say that all of this about the Office of Special Plans has been out since 2003 but I see that Digger has a great list of investigators in his [her] post # 53623.  At the New York Republican Convention protest march of 2003, I carried a sign that said, “STOP FEITH BASED FOREIGN POLICY”.  A number of people suggested that I had a typo on the sign…...

Here are links to three of those articles, all of which I forwarded to Senator Levin and others at the time.


Jim Lobe: Pentagon Office Home to Neo-Con Network
http://ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=19565

Seymour Hersh, ‘Selective Intelligence’ http://www.newyorker.com/fact/content/articles/030512fa_fact?030512fa_fact

Karen Kwiatkowski:  ‘The New Pentagon Papers’
http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0310-09.htm

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By Greg, February 15, 2007 at 11:37 am Link to this comment
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In response to a comment, from what I’ve read many of the NeoCon believe that we at in the End Times. They seem to actaully be trying to push for a global war against their enemies—non Christians. It’s not so much that they are naive about their actions. It’s just that they do not care how many non-Christians die because in their view those people’s souls are damned anyway. It’s hard to imagine that the American Republic could be so utterly co-opted by theocratic extremist. Jimmy Carter’s interview on Mother Jones’ web site was a real eye opener because being a Southern Baptist he here’s what is spoken within those circles. What’s being played out is a war between the Fundamentaist Christians against the Fundamentalist Muslims. All those people who are rational and reasonable are caught in the middle, until the NeoCon are driven from power.

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By SteelMagnolia, February 15, 2007 at 11:01 am Link to this comment
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When is someone, besides me, going to hold the media’s feet to the fire and insist they stop calling this mess “intelligence failure”.  It was not an intelligence failure, it was the Bush crime family’s failure to listen to the intelligence and the media’s fault for not reporting what they were doing at the time. Was I the only one listening to Scott Ritter, et al?

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By Robert, February 15, 2007 at 10:57 am Link to this comment
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WHAT DOES THE ZIONIST NEOCON GANG HAVE ON GEORGE W. & CHENEY?

One wonders what these guys know about this current administration. Its almost like “blackmail” & total control of the U.S. foreign policy.

Notice that no one dares to speak up & mention Israel’s massive undeclared stockpiles of nuclear, chemical & biological weapons. If one were to ask Cheney about Israel’s “WMD’s” arsenals, he would deny that Israel has any such weapons.

Douglas Feith, Paul Wolfowitz, Scooter Libby, Richard Perle, David Wermser, Ari Fleischer, William Kristol, and several other Jewish zionist were & still have their roots way deep in this administration’s top offices and departments. They have clout, manipulating influence & the mainstream news media are their mega-phones.

These neocons & AIPAC want the U.S. to attack Iran. The’ll keep tightening their control bolts on Cheney & George W. until they get what they want!

George W. will pardon Scooter Libby, the zionist spy, Jonathan Pollard, and just about anything that AIPAC demands.

Just sit back & watch who is in control of this current American administration.

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By cse, February 15, 2007 at 9:24 am Link to this comment
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Feith, and his associates Wolfowitz, Perle and Libby, all have extensive experience from within the Department of Defence.  Libby moved with the former secretary when he became VP, and Wolfowitz returned after penning the Defense Planning Guidance (circa 1992) to become the “architect” of the Iraq war.

Saddam was indeed supporting terrorism - against Israel.  Is this a pre-dominant reason for the US attacking Iraq? Is there a link between this and that these gentlemen above are Jewish-Americans and support Israel?

Is this an underlying theme to your article? 

It is not unreasonable to ask such questions.  Many will say that supporting Israel is “in the strategic interests” of the US, yet what strategic interest does Israel actually play?

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By Luna, February 15, 2007 at 8:24 am Link to this comment
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This Government NEEDS an ENEMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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By Sue B., February 15, 2007 at 7:36 am Link to this comment
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And why did they need an Office of Special Plans when they had the entire Defense Intelligence Agency to refute the CIA? Could it be that DIA agreed with CIA and were both sidelined by this group of treasonous criminals? Convict them all!

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By TOC, February 15, 2007 at 7:12 am Link to this comment
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I find it hard to believe how the NeoCons could be so clueless and naive. I cannot think of a more disastrous group of “thinkers” in our history.

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By Steve Hammons, February 15, 2007 at 6:25 am Link to this comment
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Feith is just one of many inter-connected people and groups who lied to get the American people, Congress and the media to support the invasion of Iraq.

Certain people in the press, like Judith Miller amd FOX News, as well those planted in the Bush administration (many still there) were involved.

Other events and developments in recent years may also be part of these same patterns.

For more on this, see:

‘Mistakes’ or ‘plans’ in 9/11, Iraq invasion and occupation, War on Terror?

Steve Hammons
American Chronicle
July 11, 2006

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=11401

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By Big Al, February 15, 2007 at 4:19 am Link to this comment
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Justtellthetruth so rightly says:

“I find it almost unbelievable that Feith Fails to mention (nor does Senator Levin or the IG) that Larry Franklin, who worked in the OSP with Feith, is doing 12 years in federal prison for espionage against the US as the result of an FBI sting that occured when Feith and Franklin were working at the OSP. “

Yes. Isn’t it just amazing? This tells us how deep Levin’s “investigation” is never going to go: it will never go near uncovering the role of Israel’s lobbyists and agents in dragging us into a war against Iraq for what they believed was Israel’s benefit - just as they are now dragging us, with our crippled army, into a new war against Iran.

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By Jackie T. Gabel, February 15, 2007 at 1:55 am Link to this comment
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RE: Comment #53678 by Kwagmyre  on  2/14  at  7:10 pm
#53608 by John B: — “Sometimes I wonder if Bush is a de facto a mouthpiece for the real deciders such as Feith,
Rumsfeld, Cheney….......”

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>actually

they’re all in service to the New World Oligarchy — the only ones who stand to gain from the Global War Of Terror — to be clear, the NWO is an ultra-elitist gang of financiers holding no allegiance to any nation or citizenry — the militaries we, the people (i.e. taxpayers) fund and feed with blood and guts, serve as their private armies, to secure their global interests — the management of all this we never see — the blood and guts part is getting harder to support, so look for the Black Waters to step more frequently into the breech — BW mercenaries are well paid and they love the danger — the only way to rein in this madness is to get as many of these petty operatives (Feith, Franklin, Perle, Cheney, Bush et al) into the doc on charges of treason, show them the noose and make them to start flipping on their coconspirators and handlers

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By truthiness detector, February 14, 2007 at 10:49 pm Link to this comment
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Thank you very much for referring to an “intelligence fiasco” instead of to the more commonly-referred-to “intelligence failure” [sic].

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By One Oshen, February 14, 2007 at 10:06 pm Link to this comment
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“INTELLIGENCE FIASCO”...NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
it must be recognized… it was not an “intelligence fiasco”... it was a deliberate cooking of the books…
it was criminal conspiracy… it was treason.
our “leaders” deliberately created mis-information… deliberately lied to US…The American People… and this must be recognized.
                  One…

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By Kwagmyre, February 14, 2007 at 8:10 pm Link to this comment
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#53608 by John B:

“Sometimes I wonder if Bush is a de facto a mouthpiece for the real deciders such as Feith,
Rumsfeld, Cheney….......”

Of course he is.  In fact, the entire Neocon cabal was rather “blessed” by 9/11 since that gave them the golden opportunity to then push their agenda on the bumbling Bush who was already predisposed to following that agenda, hook line & sinker.

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By Chris Baron, February 14, 2007 at 6:58 pm Link to this comment
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I cannot let Kathy Kang’s comment about Robert Scheer go by without comment. Believe me, Ms. Kang, Scheer’s efforts have indeed been tireless and he has been commenting on Iraq and much much more WAY before the fact. Do your homework, woman.

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By Jim Anderson, February 14, 2007 at 6:29 pm Link to this comment
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The underlying thing—which does not speak its name—is the lobby which supports the right-wing in Israel, AIPAC. To speak about it is to be labelled anti-semitic by people like Abraham Foxman of the ADC and to suggest that his extremism and those who fashioned the Iraq policy of this administration hurts the American and Israeli people is an act of courage in the current climate.
  Jim Anderson

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By Big Al, February 14, 2007 at 5:51 pm Link to this comment
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Feith’s “Office of Special Plans” was joined at the hip with Ariel Sharon’s office in Israel, both working to crank out fake intel to drag America into a war against Iraq - thus beginning execution of the “Clean Break” project.

Robert Dreyfuss explained it in “The Nation” over 3 years ago; but every time I tried to tell other “antiwar” people about it, they screamed “Anti-Semitism!” and covered their ears:

Dreyfuss, writing in July 2003:

“According to the former official, also feeding information to the Office of Special Plans was a secret, rump unit established last year in the office of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel….

“This unit, which paralleled Shulsky’s—and which has not previously been reported—prepared intelligence reports on Iraq in English (not Hebrew) and forwarded them to the Office of Special Plans….

“It was created in Sharon’s office, not inside Israel’s Mossad intelligence service, because the Mossad—which prides itself on extreme professionalism—had views closer to the CIA’s, not the Pentagon’s, on Iraq. This secretive unit, and not the Mossad, may well have been the source of the forged documents purporting to show that Iraq tried to purchase yellowcake uranium for weapons from Niger in West Africa, according to the former official.”

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20030707/dreyfuss

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By dick, February 14, 2007 at 5:38 pm Link to this comment
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Senator Levin is loyal to Israel, as are all members of the Congress. As such, most of the inquiries are meaningless and really nothing more than posturing, when it comes to the neocons, such as Feith, actions on behalf of the best interests of Israel.

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By Justtellthetruth, February 14, 2007 at 4:39 pm Link to this comment
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I find it almost unbelievable that Feith Fails to mention (nor does Senator Levin or the IG) that Larry Franklin, who worked in the OSP with Feith, is doing 12 years in federal prison for espionage against the US as the result of an FBI sting that occured when Feith and Franklin were working at the OSP. Franklin was caught giving classified Intel on Iran to 2 AIPAC officials who then transfered it to Isreal for the purpose of creating counterintel that would inspire a US war against Iran, precisely the type of crime the IG was investigating the OSP for regarding Iraq. Feith resigned shortly after Franklin was sent to prison.


Senator Levin is one of the all time Highest recipients of Funding from AIPAC. How is it possible that he is qualified to investigate Feith, when the two AIPAC officials that took Classified Intel from Franklin are soon to go on trial for Espionage agasint the US. As a major recipient of funding from AIPAC, Senator Levin, and any other Senator that receives AIPAC funding should recuse themselves from any involvment in the investigation of Feith due to obvious problems with conflict of interest.

The Government should allow an outside special prosecutor to take over the IG’s ivestigation and no member of congress that takes money from AIPAC should be allowed to participate in the oversight of this investigation.

In fact, a finding that the OSPs activities were “Innapropriate” is really not saying anything that is not obvious alerady. However, with one OSP member in federal Prison for trying to create counterintel to start a war with Iran, I think it is impossible to suggest that “nothing Illegal” happened at the OSP, and that if Senator Levin was being honest with the nation, He would be screaming about this at the top of his lungs. But that would put AIPAC in a VERY bad light.

In fact, one could conclude that Levin is slapping Feith on the wrist, while helping AIPAC to elude public scrutiny for the culpabilty they share with Feith and Franklin crimes at the OSP.

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By digger, February 14, 2007 at 4:01 pm Link to this comment
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Kathy Kang said
“Bravo to Robert Scheer for his tireless efforts to get to the bottom of facts; we the public have been served with false informations(at times “fiction-like”) for too long. Sadly it is not just about the War we have been mislead.”

I wouldn’t be calling Robert Scheer’s effort tireless, since he is just commenting after the fact.  We should be congratulating Robert Dreyfuss and Jason Vest for their article “The Lie Factory” back in Jan 2004, Seymour Hersh for his article “Selective Intelligence” back in May 2003, Karen Kwiatkowski for her article “The new Pentagon papers” back in Mar 2004, Jim Lobe for his article “Pentagon Office Home to Neo-Con Network” back in July 2003, along with others (including John Dizard, whose article “How Ahmed Chalabi conned the neocons” exposed the world of Feith), exposed the inner working of the OSP.

If more mainstream media did more investigation into it instead of just mentioning it in passing, there would have been alot more exposed much earlier on.  They probably stayed a mile away because Feith will open a pandora box of agendas and motives, which nobody in the mainstream media would want to touch, and probably the same reason why only a very small portion of the Inspector general’s investigation is declassified.

And now the same cabal are off to form the same selective intelligence gathering team on Iran.

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By mike malek, February 14, 2007 at 3:18 pm Link to this comment
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the defination of insanity is Bush and channey. Doing the same things over and over and expecting different results.

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By Jon B, February 14, 2007 at 3:02 pm Link to this comment
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Sometimes I wonder if Bush is a de facto a mouthpiece for the real deciders such as Feith, Rumsfeld, Cheney….......

Real deciders fabricated, bent and twisted anything to suit their needs, then presented to the mouthpiece who blah blah blah I am the decider.

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By The Liberator, February 14, 2007 at 2:55 pm Link to this comment
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The problem the Democrats are inevitably going to have to face with the revelations that are going to come out over the next couple of months through hearings right, left, and centre, is that it will be all too obvious that if you impeach Bush, you are left with Cheney. Egad!! So you have to impeach BOTH Bush and Cheney, and we are left with Pelosi. But then, the entire right-wing goes up in arms and claims that the leftist liberals are going for complete regime change, and Pelosi becomes President without a vote. Viva democracy. Do the democrats bite the bullet, have all the neo-con spin doctors slowly mount a new, concerted effort at attacking the democrats, possibly affecting 2008? This would certainly give them an issue to rally around, and put the democrats in a light that says, hey, these democrats will do anything to win the White House (weak president and administration in the face of the war on terror, etc. ad nauseam). Or do the democrats simply continue to show over the next year or so just how incompetent, corrupt and sleazy these criminals have been, so that the American public quite rightly punishes the ENTIRE lot of right-wing pricks in 2008, ringing in a democrat sweep? Politics is politics, and sometimes, pragmatic politics will have to trump democratic justice. I think the best that can happen over the next year is to paint the bastards into a corner of impotency, and yes, the House and the Senate will have to do what they can to get us to the next President…what a GD mess!

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By felicity, February 14, 2007 at 2:49 pm Link to this comment
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#53521 Thanks for the great post.

A retired intelligence type explained what Feith and his fellow travelers did in regards to “intelligence.”  Apparently the intelligence community - and it’s big - gets stuff from all over the world, daily.  When received, it is separated into two, at least, piles.  One is called something like the dump pile because the stuff is worthless, for a number of reasons.

What Feith etal did was to go through the “trash” pile and take out what would support their agenda.  They then turned around and called it “intelligence.”  Neat trick?  Only if hundreds of thousands of human beings don’t lie dead because of it.

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By James Tugend, February 14, 2007 at 2:24 pm Link to this comment
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Major Karen Kwiatkowski, a Mid-East intelligence analyst for the Pentagon at the time, first reported this, and called it a virtual ‘coupe’ within the Pentagon.  A life long Republican herself, she stated that it (the office of special plans) was not based on intelligence information at all, and was therefore worse than ‘cherry picked’.  She had the Libyan desk within the Pentagon’s intelligence community, and currently has a valuable website.

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By keith schultz, February 14, 2007 at 2:10 pm Link to this comment
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“Feith” based initiative.  That comment nails it and says it all.  If he single-handedly started the fiasco in Iraq, how does he keep his job at Georgetown?

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By lawlessone, February 14, 2007 at 1:57 pm Link to this comment
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“ASKING FOR PROOF”
Challenging the Theory We Must Stay in Iraq So Terrorism Won’t Come to America

Diehard Bush supporters say if we leave Iraq, the insurgents we’re fighting’ll follow us home. The theory being, it’s better to battle them over there than in the streets of LA. Just once though, wouldn’t it be nice if people making such assertions looked at history, facts or even logic before mouthing such simplitudes?

Can those who constantly parrot the Bush position point to a single example of that ever happening to us before? It doesn’t seem to have occurred after any of our other wars. Where are the newspaper accounts of any demolitions, arsons or ambushes conducted by defeated Nazis or Ninjas in the post war US. After we smashed their entire civilizations, they certainly had reason to seek revenge, not to mention the technical knowhow. Castro? North Koreans? They still don’t like us after half a lifetime, but they didn’t “follow us home.”

Might it make a difference if we’re the ones defeated or who give up? When a Lebanese suicide truck bomber blew up Marine barracks in Beirut, Regan hastily slunk out of town. Clinton did much the same in Somalia. When was the last time you heard of a followup by either Lebanese or Somali Muslims?

Those were relatively isolated incidents. We left quickly after just one major adverse confrontation. Does is make a difference if we leave after a long nasty conflict? Well, the Vietnam War was certainly comparable to what’s happening in Iraq. We could look to it to see what might happen if we pulled out after essentially acknowledging either defeat or at least that it’s not worth the cost. The Viet Cong were tenacious, fierce insurgents who fought using terror tactics for literally decades. Name one example of where the victorious insurgents there followed us home.

Does that mean it’s not possible? Of course not. The point is that the Iraqi insurgents could do so right now without having to wait. Thanks to a delusional Administration, an incompetent Homeland Security agency and a cheapskate Congress, an almost porous border exists. Pregnant women can walk across the border almost at will. What makes anyone think that it is a perfect defense against a stealthy terrorist? Worse, maybe one in ten thousand cargo containers docking in our ports are inspected. Put a nuke in any of them and a terrorist could touch off a bomb a few hundred feet from Wall Street. Hell, there is probably at least a one in ten chance that an uninspected weapon could be flown in on a FedEx plane if asked to pick up a package. Consequently, the terrorists don’t even need to come here.

Why haven’t they attacked so far? Good question, but it does not seem to have anything to do with inability to get here. Perhaps part of the answer lies in the statistics on violence in Iraq. They seem to be killing more of each other than us. If leave Iraq, is that likely to diminish so that they could come after us alone? Is there any evidence of that in the past? Usually in similar situations, they seem to spend a long time fighting for power among themselves, then concentrating control once received and rebuilding after the consolidation. It typically takes years.

And, what happens after that rebuilding distraction their attention and energy is finally successful? We could again look to our enemies in prior conflicts, whether Cold War or Brush Fire War. Look at our bitter foe Vietnam. Communist Vietnam has been now granted favored nation trading partner status with state visits by none other than Bush himself.

Should we be sanguine about the possibility of future terror attacks here. Never! At the same time, the next time a Republican starts spouting nonsense about at least this particular justification for staying as an occupying belligerent in Iraq indefinitely, ask for an iota of proof. If not, let’s bury this bit of nonsense. Otherwise, we might end up getting more of our people killed than we might save.

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By craig johnson, February 14, 2007 at 1:46 pm Link to this comment
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Feith’s Op-Ed in Washington Post 2/14/07: In summary he calls his actions a questioning of intelligence.
Response:
As usual Feith, et al, conflate speculation with intelligence.
The intelligence was and is that there was no operational connection between al Quaeda/Jihadis and the Sunni government. That is the intelligence. That is the only conclusion available based on known evidence.
That al Q and the Sunnis might hook up is speculation. It might be well reasoned. It might, in time, be correct. But, briefing policy planners at the highest levels of government as to a speculative interpretation of the facts is not entitled to be called questioning of intelligence.
Mr. Feith, your argument is as bankrupt as your ethics and motivation to convince the public that there was an al Q connection in Iraq.
If an individual or a group of individuals knowingly conspire to mislead Congress jail time should be forthcoming

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By dick, February 14, 2007 at 1:31 pm Link to this comment
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Feith is intensely loyal to Israel and was acting in it’s best interests. He was a respected neocon, and did an excellent job for them.

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By Kalifornia, February 14, 2007 at 1:31 pm Link to this comment
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Apparently Feith now has a teaching position at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service! Amazing!

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By Abdul sheikh, February 14, 2007 at 1:11 pm Link to this comment
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I am surpised that even after all this, no one is writing to connect Douglas Feith, Wolfwoitz, Daniel Pipes and other signatories to the plan they prepared for the Israeli prime minister called “Clean Break”.  This connection will show the motivation for the false intelligence, and why people like Feith who are card carrying members of Likud party cannot be trusted ever again. Also it was one of the Feith’s assistants who provided state secrets to Israeli spies who disguised themselves as AIPAC employees.

Once the main stream media provides this kind of truthful information, there will be genuine change in US Foreign policy, we will not have enemies all over the world, and we can spend trillion dollars to provide universal health care.

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By Jack, February 14, 2007 at 1:06 pm Link to this comment
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David Frumm-came up with “Axis of Evil”-wrote Bush’s speeches; Ari Fleischer-explained what Bush meant in the speech,Paul Wolfowitz-asst Sec of Defense;Rabbi Dov Zakheim-trillion dollars missing at Pentagon-has interest in company that makes remote controllede airliners; Richard Perle-twice caught spying for Israel, kept in government,Doug Feith, Abram Shulsky,Elliott Abrams,Judith Miller,Scooter Libby,David and Merev Wurmser. John Negroponte,Rahm Emmanuel.
Does anyone see a pattern here?
Until we wake up to the power of the Israeli Lobby,our soldiers will keep dying for “democracy”.
AIPAC controls our government.
WAKE UP STUPID AMERICANS !!!!

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By justtellthetruth, February 14, 2007 at 12:52 pm Link to this comment
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Is this a little more than you care to handle? I have sent this post before, and you have not run it. It is completely factually correct, and in no way offensive. Why wont you post it?


There is a glaring ommision in your recounting of events. Larry Franklin, who worked with Feith at the OSP, was stung by the FBI and sent to federal prison for 12 years for giving classified intel on Iran, (After the Iraq war was underway) to two AIPAC top officials, who then gave the info to Israel with what appeared to be the intent of inspiring a US war with Iran, ie, creating counterintel that matched US beliefs, fears and policies.  He also met with the Israeli Ambassador.

Feith resigned shortly after Franklin was formally convicted.

So something VERY ILLEGAL happened at the OSP, in that 12 years in federal prison seems to indicate an ILLEGAL act, yet senator Levin fails to mention or ask about any of it.

WHY? Senator Levin is one of the all time highest recipients of AIPAC funding. He should never have been allowed to run this investigation in the first place. The two AIPAC officials will soon go on trial for espionage for their part in Franklins case. If he brought them up in conjunction with the investigation of Feiths office, as he should, then every single US politician, including Hillary, Obama, and Edwards, would have to renounce any affilliation with this group if they wanted to be taken seriously on any matter related to the war or to the middle east.

Why are the news sources, who reported on all of these events individually, not making the obvious connections? Senator Levin is COVERING for Feith and AIPAC, not investigating them. He is only reiterating what is already obvious. The OSP was wrong about nearly everything they submitted to the president. To quibble over whether their actions were “inappropriate” is to try to decide if they were just stupid, or if they were fundamentally unable to fully grasp the nature of their task; its a non issue.

To willfully overlook the GLARING fact that one the the OSP people who worked closely with Feith is in Prison for EXACTLY the type of crime that Senator Levins commitee is supposed to be investigating indicates that there is something very “inappropriate” going on with senator Levin. He is actively obfuscating AIPACs and Israels role in all of this. Any non AIPAC funded independant Investigator (the IG IS the Pentagon, not in any way independant) would be screaming this at the top of their lungs to the American public. Yet, from Senator Levin? Resounding silence. And to my even greater disappoitment, resounding silence from you and everyone else in the press as well.

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By Patrick Gallagher, February 14, 2007 at 12:02 pm Link to this comment
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My goodness!
  The truth shall set us free.
          Maybe

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By justtellthetruth, February 14, 2007 at 11:59 am Link to this comment
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There is a glaring ommision in your recounting of events. Larry Franklin, who worked with Feith at the OSP, was stung by the FBI and sent to federal prison for 12 years for giving classified intel on Iran, (After the Iraq war was underway) to two AIPAC top officials, who then gave the info to Israel with the intent of inspiring a US war with Iran, ie, creating counterintel that matched US beliefs, fears and policies.

Feith resigned shortly after Franklin was formally convicted.

So something VERY ILLEGAL happened at the OSP, in that 12 years in federal prison seems to indicate an ILLEGAL act, yet senator Levin fails to mention or ask about any of it.

WHY? Senator Levin is one of the all time highest recipients of AIPAC funding. He should never have been allowed to run this investigation in the first place. The two AIPAC officials will soon go on trial for espionage. If he brought them up in conjunction with the investigation of Feiths office, as he should, then every single US politician, including Hillary, Obama, and Edwards, would have to renounce any affilliation with this group if they wanted to be taken seriously on any matter related to the war or to the middle east.\

Why are the news sources, who reported on all of these events individually, not making the obvious connections? Senator Levin is COVERING for Feith and AIPAC, not investigating them.

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By Zena, February 14, 2007 at 11:43 am Link to this comment
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What we (the U.S.) are doing in Iraq is nothing less and nothing more than Ethnic cleansing. Somebody HAS TO PAY! If you dance to the music, ya gotta pay to the piper….

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By John Lowell, February 14, 2007 at 11:43 am Link to this comment
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The feeling of powerlessness most of us sense at the moment is in truth a kind of pre-apprehension of the alarming fact that the United States has passed into dictatorship and that nothing short of Ukraine style demonstrations will change it, the optimistic, DNC drivel coming from Glenn Greenwald, the new anti-Limbaugh, notwithstanding. The best the new Congress can manage is meaningless, token opposition to the war and that from only one of its chambers, and there will be nothing of significance coming from the investigations planned by Levin or from the weak-tea impeachment initiatives. In 2008, the best you’ll be able to hope for is that Der Fuehrer doesn’t suspend elections and announce rule by decree. Even if elections are held and the Democrat candidate wins, the powers which he or she will inherit from the present regime will not be scaled back. We’ll still have the MCA and all options on the table when it comes to Iran. And do you really think that AIPAC is likely to dissolve itself? The problem isn’t the Republicans or “Christians”, its the “system”, the same one that conspires to make it impossible for a Ralph Nader or a Pat Buchanan to get on the ballot in Ohio. I have news: You have no voice and you will not be handed a voice by the Democrats. Lawful, public demonstrations - if any are to be permitted -  hold the only real promise.

John Lowell

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By fran merker, February 14, 2007 at 11:32 am Link to this comment
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Feith, Cheney’s handpicked useful ventriloquist’s dummy, has been outed!  Wow!, now what?  The mini-Feiths abound through the portals in the dark and dank undisclosed hide-aways of the true evil-doer-in-chief, canned-bird killer Dick, while we busy ourselves unmasking the effin fools that aided and abetted, skillfully bullshitting, contributing their varied twisted takes and far out fantasies that brought us low to our current dire situation. We certainly did not nip that sucker in the bud, did we?  So, knowing what we surely know, now, dot-connecting our truth-informed butts off, does anyone out there impose the most well-deserved cease and desist order on our enemies within? Will we be further outing the scoundrels that connive to bring us yet more killing fields, AFTER THE FACT? Between the seepage of corruption that’s exposing the threatening manipulation employed by our treasonous ‘leaders’ emanating from ol Scooter’s trial,to the ridiculous new bushit talking points reeking with obvious desperation, exhibiting their craven search for validation as support evaporates and leads them into further deluded, deranged, and inevetibly yet more violent overreaction, to our extreme peril, when will impeachment be deserved?  Demanded? Not delayed/debated/bullshit bipartisaned/deballed or watered down into a flaccid, impotent and frustratingly uninspired outing of the already obscenely enriched pair of treasonous villians ever sitting in our White House?  Isn’t the picture clear enough?  Not yet? I need a drink.  Happy Valentines Day.

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By jean tracy, February 14, 2007 at 11:28 am Link to this comment
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Why wouldn’t Bush answer the question of whether or not he planned to attack Iran for possible Qud bombs from Iran attacking our troops and our allies in Iraq at his press conference today? The only answer Bush gave when he was asked more than once about this was to say that he will do anything to protect our troops. I believe Bush has war on his mind.

Another question:  When Bush was reminded that since a diplomatic solution had been agreed to by the U.S. and a few other countries about North Korea’s nuclear progam, why wouldn’t it be a good idea for him to meet with the Iranian leader to try to resolve the nuclear issue.  In his usual rambling way, Bush said that it was not a good idea. Strange answer in my opinion!

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By Steve, February 14, 2007 at 11:25 am Link to this comment
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Gen. Tommy Franks in Bob Woodward’s Plan of Attack, calls Feith “the fucking stupidest guy on the face of the earth.”

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By George Cronin, February 14, 2007 at 11:21 am Link to this comment
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Well, it will all come out eventually.  When it does, let’s hope those most responsible (Bush, Cheney, and whoever they are beholden to) are held accountable.  Focus on the wacko intellectual Zionists (Perle, Wolfowitz,
Feith,Scooter)who provided the supposed rationale could lead to the kind of virulent anti semitic activity not seen since the days of Father Coughlin.  On the other hand, the longer the truth is withheld, the deadlier that activity will probably become.
George Cronin

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By ETL, February 14, 2007 at 11:19 am Link to this comment
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Interesting that this story appears the same day as Feith’s version of events on the WAPO op-ed page. The comments in response to Feith’s narrative are illuminating.

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By SamSnedegar, February 14, 2007 at 11:11 am Link to this comment
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To David:

They are concentrating on the lies so they won’t ever have to confront the truth, and why they do that is because the truth is too awful to contemplate.

We covet, lie, murder, and steal, and we do this without losing ONE opportunity to say we are doing it for God in Jesus’s name.

My advice to the relgious nuts is to stop praying sooner rather than later; God might actually notice you and see how you have perverted His commandments and His religions, and then look out.

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By NABNYC, February 14, 2007 at 11:04 am Link to this comment
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If any of the U.S. politicians ever decide to join our team, and work on behalf of the U.S. public, then these investigations should give rise to criminal charges of treason against Feith, his lackey/employee Franklin who has already been charged with stealing classified information and giving it to a foreign power (Israel), Rumsfeld who put Feith into the position to do this harm, and Rumsfeld’s BFF (best-friend-forever) Cheney. 

Remember Franklin was accused of stealing classified information and delivering it to Aipac which in turn delivered it to Israel.  Not only did Franklin steal the information, he literally took hard copies of documents and held them in a secret location. 

Franklin’s boss was Feith.  Who believes that Feith did not know what was going on?  It is more likely that Feith directed Franklin in everything he did.  And Rumsfeld and Cheney directed Feith.  I would add Bush to the list, but I honestly don’t think Bush is smart enough to direct anyone to do anything.

So the question becomes the old dead-president theory:  should the politicians decide in their corrupt and dishonest way to “protect the people and heal the nation” by giving a pass to all these high-level Republicans and Israeli support groups who have committed criminal and treasonous conduct for which they should be imprisoned? 

I don’t buy the whole Gerald Ford “heal the nation” nonsense.  The public is not made up of fragile and stupid people who cannot take the truth.  We need the truth to be exposed and we need these criminals, and all the other criminals from the Bush regime, to be publicly tried and then imprisoned.

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By Roy, February 14, 2007 at 10:57 am Link to this comment
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Calling it a fiasco is a mistake. It was a completely fabricated pretense of a pretext for war. History is full of them.

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By Rickinsf, February 14, 2007 at 10:31 am Link to this comment
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Check out Feith’s Op-Ed in Wash. Post.
He’s not helping himself.

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By MattNet, February 14, 2007 at 10:10 am Link to this comment
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So we learn that Feith, Wolfowitz and the rest of the PNAC crowd lied to us after 9/11, blaming the attacks on Osama, then Saddam, then Islamofacists or whoever they wanted to tar with the terrorist label.  We have also learned that they expressed the urgent need for a “new pearl harbor” in a PNAC strategy document in 2000.  BUT anyone who expresses a suspicion that this same PNAC crowd could have had a hand in 9/11 is a crazy ‘conspiracy theorist’.?

Come on.  It should be obvious to even the most dense by now.  9/11 was a false-flag attack, a psy-op, a coupe, a massive takeover of the US by a criminal cabal.

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By xcanada2, February 14, 2007 at 10:10 am Link to this comment
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Mr. Robert Scheer,

I take issue with our claim of “an Iranian government that is publicly committed to eliminating Israel”.  This is simply not, to my knowledge, what Iran/Ahmadinejad is saying.
 
I imagine you have seen the more sensible statements of Ahmadinejad: “Iman [Khomeni, leader of Iran Revolution] said this REGIME occupying Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time”, like the Soviet Union or the Shah of Iran.  This is a word-for-word translation of Ahmadinejad’s statement in Farsi [Norouzi, Aljazeera.com].  Amhadinejad consistently advocates that Israel honor the right-of-return UN resolution for Palestinians and that there be a vote of all Israeli-Palestinians as to whether they want a bi-national state or two separate states.  This stance is quite different than what you have claimed.

Mr. Scheer, I do very much appreciate your seeking of truth for the world, and your early questioning of the Iraq War buildup, but I cannot understand how this fits with the above crucial inaccuracy on the Iran question?

Bob

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By Ironist, February 14, 2007 at 9:57 am Link to this comment
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The war in Iraq—a Feith-based initiative (ugh!).

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By ranger Tommy, February 14, 2007 at 9:14 am Link to this comment
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I find this article discouraging—not because I’m shocked by its contents, but by the fact that it is perfectly consistent with the proponderence of evidence already out there which has produced no tangible movement toward impeachment.  It’s like hearing that a person has been given seven consecutive life-sentences.  Didn’t the first one sort of make the point?  And if the first one DIDN’T make the point, then what is the purpose of the seventh?

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By Big Al, February 14, 2007 at 8:57 am Link to this comment
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On the whole, this article is a good piece of work, but I do have an objection.

You refer to “an Iranian government that is publicly committed to eliminating Israel”. Not true.

The most honest translations show Ahmadinejad saying something on the lines of, “Like the regimes of the Shah in Iran and Saddam Hussein in Iraq, this regime [in Israel] must vanish from the page of history.”

Please note: neither Iran nor Iraq was “wiped from the map” when their respective unjust regimes were ended. And please note again: Iran never attacked Iraq. Iran hasn’t attacked anyone in hundreds of years. It has not seized nor is it occupying any territory outside its internationally recognized borders.

What Ahmadinejad is saying, in the context, is that an unjust regime - whether in Iran, Iraq, or Israel - inevitably meets its deserved demise.

This is very far from an Iranian governmental or military commitment to some sort of violent action to “destroy Israel”.

Israel should not flatter itself that Iran would devote itself to destroying Israel. Not wanting to live under the US-Israeli hegemonic thumb is not the same thing as being “committed to eliminating Israel”.

Iran/Persia is a large, ancient, magnificent, rich, deeply cultured and creative nation. They have much better things to do then attack the nasty and extremely dangerous little rabid-dog state of Israel.

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By David, February 14, 2007 at 8:45 am Link to this comment
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I don’t like the way this story is going.  It appears to be neglecting the core truth of the matter, as has nearly every story concerning the incompetence, lies and deciept of this administration. Can we all please stop with the particulars?  This operation was coordinated by the Bush administration.  Period.  This Feith fellow was perhaps a cog in the system, and it is certainly plausible, or even likely that he played an important part in a key aspect of the plot.  But please, do not make this man a scapegoat.  Not that I have any care in the world for this guy and his warped and bias worldview, but I don’t want to see another “Brownie” get thrown under the bus while the godfathers ride off into the sunset.  George W. Bush is the president.  Dick Cheney, as we have all suspected all along, weilds an unprecidented amount of power for a Vice President.  They are responsible.  I am tired of hearing about Rumsfeld, and all the other underlings’ incompletence, as if that excuses the incompetence and management of the superiors.  The bosses made the decision and are responsible.  It happened on their watch.  Abu Graib - Bush and Cheney’s fault.  Katrina - Bush and Cheney’s fault.  The Iraq War and all the blunders that caused the mess we’re in now - Bush and Cheney’s fault.  9/11 - Bush and Cheney’s fault.  The Plame affair - Bush and Cheney’s fault.  I can’t undrestand what needs to happen in order for the blame to be cast onto the people who are responsible.  They are the people who are in the position of power and whatever happens (at least in every other presidency that I am aware as well as every other instance of management) is their responsibility.  I don’t care who did what.  There are major crimes that have been committed.  WE UNILATERALLY & ILLEGALLY INVADED A SOVERIGN NATION AND HAVE KILLED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE!  This is the most serious of crimes and not the kind of event that can be equated or treated as an honest mistake.  Have we all lost our minds???

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By William Johnson, February 14, 2007 at 8:32 am Link to this comment
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As Gomer Pile would say; Surprise, Surprise, Surprise. I mean, who knew?
Funny, but somehow, in mid 02, my wife and I knew we were going to war in Iraq and that everything we were hearing in the corporate media was whatever the state wanted to be said and that it was all a pack of lies. How did we know this?
Independent media, long time study of middle eastern affairs, foreign policy of the U.S. and listening to folks like Scott Ritter, who was our chief weapons inspector in Iraq until 1999.
It was plain to anyone who had kept up with the facts, instead of the fictions of the media, that Iraq was no threat to anyone. Heck, Kuwait was no longer afraid of Saddam, nor was Iran or anyone else.
But, as the Germans of the 30’s learned so well. Those that control the media are the ones with the power over their population and this has not changed to this day.
No matter what Senator Levin is doing, the media are still not covering the stories they should be all over. Instead, they are constantly building up fear of Iran so Bush can have another war, while also diverting attention with stories about some B grade former playmate and calling this news, as well as, many other non news items. Infotainment, I believe it’s called.
Rest assured, Mr. Feith has been replaced and there are plenty of folks who are going to spread the same lies about Iran as they spread about Iraq. And none of them are ever going to serve one day in prison for any criminal actions they undertook and are still undertaking. No congress will take it that far, anymore than they did during watergate or Iran/Contra. Things may appears to be getting done, but the system that allows this type of thing will continue intact, although a few folks may be discredited.

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By Don Knutsen, February 14, 2007 at 8:28 am Link to this comment
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This guys part in the prelude to this war running the “Special Office that tells Cheney what he wants Dept.” has been well known for quite some time. He along with Wolfowitz were at the hub of the lies told to justify this thing that is sucking away the lives of young americans at the fastest rate since the war began, not to mention a big chunk of our nation’s wealth and pretty much all of our reputation. Its good to expose these people, but one hopes that its only as a apart of the journey to finally hold Cheney and the sock puppet to account for what they have done and the real reasons why ( OIL). Hopefully as more revelations come out, more democrats in the House & Senate will screw up the courage to start bringing us back from this dismal period in our history when we let a relatively small group of dangerous people called “the neo-cons” get ahold of the reins, using their smokescreen that is the “War on Terror” to push forth an agenda that dosen’t understand or care what american democracy was all about.

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By C.P.T.L., February 14, 2007 at 8:18 am Link to this comment
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Feith, “Nobody in my office ever said there was an operational relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda.” Lies like that, obfuscations and parsing by Mr. Feith in the aftermath of the report are an indication of what’s to come. Just as E. Howard Hunt insists that the Watergate break-in was a noble attempt to prove Communist ties to Democrats and therefore IF evidence had been found history would have looked upon his activities in a whole different light, NeoCons will go to their graves talking about criminalization of policy differences and disagreeing with characterizations. At a minimum, investigations and impeachment are necessary if only to put an end to the sore tedium of listening to NeoCon talking points for the rest of our lives.

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By GW=MCHammered, February 14, 2007 at 7:57 am Link to this comment
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“Absolute Feith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.”
~Eric Hoffer


Okay, I took a little license but it was in good faith. Then again, who in this administration doesn’t defalcate license?

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By Christopher Robin, February 14, 2007 at 7:11 am Link to this comment
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Mr.Scheer,

Your all too right, this isn’t getting the coverage it’s due. But even more than the Anna Nicole saga and the television media’s crass drive for ratings. You have clearly explained the Feith story. (thank you!) Something which I didn’t get from hearing brief television news stories. Only a vague impression that Feith was involved somehow in falsifying prewar intelligence.

Television is no substitute for the newspaper, or the written news story.

Reaction? There are some, who still think the Bush administration, is well intentioned and patriotic. If only mistaken and incompetent.

The story above, among many other Bush deeds should disabuse them of that belief. They have repeatedly, and intentionally mislead and lied to the public.

There is nothing honorable based in lies. And the contempt this Republican administration shows toward the American public, not to mention the world, is unforgivable.

Maybe? It’s really the story of how politicians, long acquainted with lies, and campaign deceptions. Soon lose respect for the foundations of the country, and it’s people.

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By Jim Yell, February 14, 2007 at 7:09 am Link to this comment
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Without being a scholar or a brainiac of any sort, I figured out in the lead in to Invasion Iraq that the Bush/Cheney Administration were manipulating information to support what they had decided to do. It was there to read about, but the news and Congress allowed the administration almost total control of what was focused on.

Any person in authority, who doesn’t bother to pay attention to information unless it agrees with what they have decided, is bound to screw up. The question is did Baby Bush know he was working with lies. Generally given his dim-wit reputation perhaps he is just a fool, probably a fool anyway.

Cheney? I would be surprised if he didn’t engineer the false reports in league with Rumsfield. Given Feith was Rumsfield’s creature, I for one have no doubt that Rumsfield certainly knew and probably was the primary motivator in this fiasco. This doesn’t let Bush/Cheney off the hook as they should have known better, it was their responsibility to know and I think legally they should all three be considered co-conspirators in this illegal and un-necessary intrusion into a country that had not been a part of the 9/11 attack.

Why would they do this? I am sure a percentage of the motivation was outrage that they could not get Saddam to jump thru their hoops, as they thought their support of him and his regime in the past, entitled them to his obedience. It was a personal vendetta by this group of arrogant, greedy, obnoxious Republican goons. But, I can’t really think that they would have used our military and abused our military except for a fantasy that they shared—-the dream of controlling Iraqi Oil and having a physical strong control over mideast oil production and costs.

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By Kathy Kang, February 14, 2007 at 6:56 am Link to this comment
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Bravo to Robert Scheer for his tireless efforts to get to the bottom of facts; we the public have been served with false informations(at times “fiction-like”) for too long. Sadly it is not just about the War we have been mislead.

Growing up as a child of a “Truthdigging” Senator in South Korea I had the “fortune” of witnessing atrocities and injustice of all sorts committed by high ranking government officials,and their elaborate cover-ups. My late father,Senator Kang’s “audacity” to speak up against injustice put him prison with all types of false charges following the military coup that was lead by then General Park in early 60’s.

I came to the US as an aspiring college student,with high hopes to experience everything my government did not offer to its people.Through thick and thin we Americans suvived all sorts of trials,and I always was able to take comfort in knowing that it was a right choice to have chosen the US as my second home. Since Watergate scandal I was so certain that America,politicians in particular, would learn from that horrible chapter in our Nation’s history. No words can describe the level of disappointments Bush administration has caused in me: As much as I would like to try to give them the benefit of doubts in their wrong decisions,what outrages me more than the wrong decisions is the way cover up,often times hiding behind religious groups and others.

However,the Democratic party also needs to clean up their act,in order to get my support.They too are playing “dirty politics” these days after winning the Election in November. I do hope “Truthdig” could be brave enough to point out the mistakes made by the Dems,so that they will eventually get the trust and respect og Americans they deserve.

I commend your organization for speaking up,but please focus on the “Truth” at all times,not allowing the dirty politics dictate your efforts. America has been good to me; I had the priviledge of studying at Yale where I received my Master’s degree(Master of Music),and after my early retirement I have been “giving back” to the society by helping disadvantaged,abused kids,using music education as a tool. We need to focus on our future,and the kids are our future; we need to bring back “Music and Arts” programs for young kids,rather than building more prisons. When hope,even a glimps of it, is absent in their lives,ignored by their Government that “promised” them all sorts of hopeful scinarios,why are we surprised at the hiking crime rates? Mere 0.1 % of the money we are “wasting” on “babysitting of Iraq” would make a huge difference for the next generation.

Keep up the good fight.

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By Kol Klink, February 14, 2007 at 6:55 am Link to this comment
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I dont know why everyone is so down on Feith. He recently said ‘what I did was good government.’ It was on tv so it must be so!

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By Peter Meldrum, February 14, 2007 at 6:18 am Link to this comment
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Why are you dumping on Doug Feith??

He was only doing what he was instructed to do !

As a member of PNAC it was his job to advance their agenda. He did.

He should get a medal for lying to the world so succesfully. I mean Tennant got one, why not Feith?

Now the pNAC successor, American Enterprise Institute carries roght on with the same world conquest Agenda and nothing is said.

American hypocrisy knows no bounds.

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By SamSnedegar, February 14, 2007 at 5:54 am Link to this comment
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“...efforts such as Levin’s eventually will uncover the full picture of why President Bush committed to a war costing tens of thousands of lives and an expected $1 trillion that served no valid national security purpose…”

I seriously doubt that.

Levin and the rest of Americans, including a duly chastised Robert Scheer, simply won’t admit that oil is the answer to the above “why” . . . and you can’t blame them, for to admit it means also to confess to coveting, lying, murdering, and stealing. Worse than that, letting that cat out of the bag opens up the question of what would be the result of NOT stealing mideast oil, and no one dares talk about the Enronization or Argentinization of the USA for fear that it would be the final straw and result in a run on the dollar that would leave all our rich people poor.

Right now the world pretty much has to keep us afloat in a sea of debt because we represent most of the market for their products, but eventually our profligacy has to end and we have to pay the piper for the song and dance. Our legacy for our children and grandchildren will be starvation and civil strife the like of which has inspired few books even of fiction for the reason that the outlook is so bleak.

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By Jason J. Poston, February 14, 2007 at 2:36 am Link to this comment
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Ah yes, Douglas Feith, famously described by Gen. Tommy Franks as the “fucking stupidest guy on the face of the planet.”  The Iraq War will cost the citizens of the U.S. around $1 trillion—and Feith is, undoubtedly, personally responsible for a large portion of that debt.  But what benefits have we received in exchange?  It would be most interesting to hear Feith, and his pal Don Rumsfeld, describe these “benefits” in detail.  I should expect we’d receive quite a bit for $1 trillion…!

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By TAO Walker, February 14, 2007 at 2:20 am Link to this comment
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Let’s say Rep. Levin manages somehow to actually shovel his way through the shitstorm the White House lawyers will generate to protect their “principals.”  Let’s say stressed-out astronauts and dropped-dead celebrities don’t continue to crowd his “discoveries” out of “the news.”  Let’s even say he is able to show, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Feith and others cooked the “intelligence” on pre-invasion Iraq as thoroughly as Congress and the Executive cook the national books year after year.  What then?

The most likely consequence of putting the junta under investigative seige will be their speeding-up the time-table for bombing Iran and staging another “terrorist attack” on “the homeland.” Sure, they may be willing to throw a fool like Feith to the Democrats, but it’d be only “prudent” to expect there to be an understanding reached to the effect that going after higher-ups is “off the table.”  In fact, that seems to be already in-place.

Anybody with any sense has long since written-off this disintegrating “global” civilization as the terminal folly it has always been.  Those who want to go down with it to the bitter end are certainly entitled to go.  They are not, however, allowed to drag what’s left of the free wild natural world down to destruction with them.

Branding a gang of feckless puppets as criminals may be temporarily gratifying and even technically correct.  It will not do a thing to address the truly dire threats to their very lives that are already overtaking the domesticated peoples of this world.  Obsessing about useful idiots like Feith and those who put him up to his shenanigans is about as helpful in this situation as kicking the dog while your house burns down with your children trapped inside.

Grown-up human beings know what’s vital and what’s only momentarily self-satisfying.  The domesticated nations are sorely in-need of some adult supervision.  They will look in-vain for it amongst themselves.

HokaHey!

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By Jerry Drucker, February 14, 2007 at 1:56 am Link to this comment
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The answer:  It’s the Project for the New American Century, combined with the Cheney/Rusmsfeld specially created Office of Special Planning, aka known as CPFS, Cherry Picked Fabricated Stories.

Jerry Drucker
Tarzana, CA

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By Druthers, February 14, 2007 at 12:41 am Link to this comment
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Why?  They had their plan for Iraq but needed a pretext to invade.  They required information validating their plan, but since factual information did not correspond to their plan they made their own mix in Feith’s office.
In this take-over of our government no lie is to low or obscene to serve.
Subpoena…Subpoena…Subpoena!

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By Jackie T. Gabel, February 14, 2007 at 12:10 am Link to this comment
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Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. should be encouraged by one and all to investigate, indict, prosecute and execute; wherever it leads, and especially where it will inevitably lead: to 911 Truth…all this pathetically phony alphabet spook “incompetence” is nothing but limited hangouts, designed to keep the cover up in place as long as possible — bugger ‘em; constitutional crisis be damned. Bring on the truth. Support 911Truth - End War of Terror!

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