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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Heroes in Error

Happy Wednesday.

Chalabi visit stirs controversy

The "George Washington of Iraq" is in the states, so it's a perfect day to cover all things Chalabi.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Chalabi, a former exiled leader and one-time Washington ally who stands accused of passing American secrets to Iran, will visit Wednesday with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other top U.S. officials.

The Bush administration defended the planned meetings with Chalabi, who fell from favor in 2004 when U.S. intelligence officials accused him of leaking top-secret information about American code-breaking capabilities to Iran.
On that note...

Here's an excellent run-down of Chalabi's greatest hits - and misses - during his time with the Neo-Cons:
PENTAGON FUNDED CHALABI TO PROVIDE RATIONALE FOR WAR: The Pentagon's Defense Intelligence Agency paid the INC $335,000 a month in the lead-up to the Iraq war to gather intelligence.

In all, the Bush White House has given the INC at least $39 million over the past 5 years.
Dandy Don paid Chalabi $335,000 A MONTH for intelligence.

"That's a good gig if you can get it."

Wonder how much Starsky & Hutch paid Huggy Bear?
CHALABI'S IRAQI NATIONAL CONGRESS WAS MAJOR SOURCE OF DATA FOR PENTAGON OFFICE OF SPECIAL PLANS: According to a report in the New Yorker, analysts based in the Pentagon's Office of Special Plans "relied on data gathered by other intelligence agencies and also on information provided by the Iraqi National Congress, or I.N.C., the exile group headed by Ahmad Chalabi."
Again, the Office of Special Plans is/was Dandy Don's own little intel unit, designed to, uh, find the truth.
"You had to treat [the I.N.C.] with suspicion," a former Middle East station chief said of Chalabi's people. 'The I.N.C. has a track record of manipulating information because it has an agenda. It's a political unit -- not an intelligence agency.'"

CHALABI ATTENDED PLANNING MEETING AT THE PENTAGON JUST DAYS AFTER 9/11 ATTACKS: On September 18, 2001, Richard Perle convened a two-day meeting of the Defense Policy Board, a group that advises the Pentagon.

Chalabi, who was a guest speaker at this meeting, made a presentation on the Iraqi threat.
Sounds like they were SOLELY FOCUSED on Bin Laden back then.



CHALABI PROVIDED AGENT CURVEBALL TO AFFIRM SUPPOSED EXISTENCE OF SADDAM'S BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS LABS: "A U.S. official confirmed that defectors from Chalabi's organization had provided suspect information to numerous Western intelligence agencies.

'It's safe to say he tried to game the system,' the official said."

A discredited INC defector to Germany who was code-named 'Curveball' was the chief source of information on Iraq's supposed fleet of mobile germ weapons factories.

Curveball was the brother of a top lieutenant to Ahmed Chalabi, the group's leader and now a member of the Iraqi Governing Council.

CHALABI PLANTED FABRICATED NEWS STORIES: Chalabi was the source for discredited news stories about Iraq and weapons of mass destruction which were penned by New York Times reporter Judith Miller.
Yes, that Judy Miller.

She of Plame-gate fame.

The Neo-cons favorite reporter, a "made woman," and a featured player in the run-up to war.
In 2001, Miller wrote a front-page story about claims that Saddam had twenty secrety WMD sites hidden in Iraq.

The information turned out to be bogus.

Chalabi's group arranged Miller's interview with the source and, according to the New Yorker, Miller's exclusive story came just "three days after [the source] had shown deception in a polygraph test administered by the C.I.A. at the request of the Defense Intelligence Agency
Here's the key bit:
CHALABI SHRUGS OFF MISLEADING U.S.: "Mr Chalabi, by far the most effective anti-Saddam lobbyist in Washington, shrugged off charges that he had deliberately misled US intelligence.

'We are heroes in error,' he told the Telegraph in Baghdad."
One more time:
'We are heroes in error.'


"We are heroes in error."

TRANSLATION: The "end" - the complete takeover of Iraq - justifies the means.

"If you ain't cheating, you ain't trying!"


You see why Plame-gate is such a big deal? The proverbial surface has just been scratched.

(Again, check out the full list of shenanigans.)

So why are we still dealing with this guy?

Sen. Dick Durbin wants to know.

From the Huffington Post:
Mr. President, I also would like to note that something curious is happening in Washington today. There is a man by the name of Ahmed Chalabi who is visiting Washington.

Mr. Chalabi is under active investigation.

He is under investigation for the charge that he leaked intelligence, including the fact that the United States had broken a crucial Iranian code and that he turned that information over to the Baghdad station chief of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security.

Of course if that happened, Mr. Chalabi endangered American troops and American security. As a result of this charge against Mr. Chalabi, on May 20 of last year, his residence was searched by the Iraqis with the cooperation of American forces in Iraq to see if evidence could be found.

Now, that's a serious charge -- that we would somehow jeopardize the security of America’s troops and our national security and whether this man leaked sensitive information and the fact that he's under active investigation by the F.B.I. is proof-positive that we're taking this seriously.

So where can we find Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Chalabi this week? Well, we'll find him in Washington. He has an appointment to sit down and break bread with Treasury Secretary Snow and the secretary of state, Condoleezza rice, and then a little later this week he's going to give a speech to the American Enterprise Institute.

Does this sound like a man under active investigation or a man who is being actively lauded by this administration?

I don't understand this.
I do.

The "former exile" wanted to wanted to overthrow Hussein. He saw the perfect opportunity with the war-hungry Neo-Cons and told them everything they "needed" to hear.

And in the end...they both got what they wanted.


"We are heroes in error."



Scott McClellan is starting to lose it.

Evidence? "My Scotty" went after some of the WH correspondents yesterday.

Specifically, those that sit in the "front row."

Helen Thomas and David Gregory (et al) were trying to get McClellan to explain the apparent contradiction between Our Kid's statment that the U.S. does not torture (see yesterday's Brandoland) and Cheney's request for an exemption in that matter.
Q: Did you ask for an exemption on torture? That's a simple question, yes or no.

MR. McCLELLAN: No. And we have not. That's what I told you at the beginning.

Q: You want to reserve the ability to use tougher tactics with those individuals who you mentioned.

MR. McCLELLAN: Well, obviously, you have a different view from the American people. I think the American people understand the importance of doing everything within our power and within our laws to protect the American people.

Q: Scott, are you saying that Cheney did not ask --

Q: What is it that you want the -- what is it that you want the CIA to be able to do that the U.S. Armed Forces are not allowed to do?

MR. McCLELLAN: I'm not going to get into talking about national security matters, Bill. I don't do that, because this involves --

Q: This would be the exemption, in other words.

MR. McCLELLAN: This involves information that relates to doing all we can to protect the American people. And if you have a different view -- obviously, some of you on this room -- in this room have a different view, some of you on the front row have a different view.
There's the new attack: You reporters (natch liberals) are not American. Because you don't understand what it takes to win the war on terror.

In otherwords...

"We're doing what we have to do ('to protect the American people'), and if you don't understand that, well, you're a stupid libtard."


Enjoy the rest of your time at the podium, Scott: They're going to make your life a living hell.

More later...


  • Great "dot connecting" - loved the "Huggy Bear" reference.

    By Blogger doomsy, at 12:46 PM  

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