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  • krunky
    Eternal Companion
    • Jan 2004
    • 726


    US intelligence fears Iran duped hawks into Iraq war
    Julian Borger in Washington,00.html

    An urgent investigation has been launched in Washington into whether Iran played a role in manipulating the US into the Iraq war by pas sing on bogus intelligence through Ahmad Chalabi's Iraqi Nation al Congress, it emerged this week.

    Some intelligence officials now believe that Iran used the hawks in the Pentagon and the White House to get rid of a hostile neighbour, and pave the way for a Shia-ruled Iraq.


    Washington's Chalabi nightmare
    One more headache for the besieged Bush administration: The FBI is now interrogating the neocon cronies of Ahmed Chalabi.
    By Sidney Blumenthal, May 27, 2004
    {edit: may require ad viewing}

    At a well-appointed conservative think tank in downtown Washington and across the Potomac River at the Pentagon, FBI agents have begun paying quiet calls on prominent neoconservatives, who are being interviewed in an investigation of potential espionage, according to intelligence sources. Who gave Ahmed Chalabi classified information about the plans of the U.S. government and military?

    The Iraqi neocon favorite, tipped to lead his liberated country post-invasion, has been identified by the CIA and Defense Intelligence Agency as an Iranian double agent, passing secrets to that citadel of the "axis of evil" for decades. All the while the neocons cosseted, promoted and arranged for more than $30 million in Pentagon payments to the George Washington manquأ© of Iraq. In return, he fed them a steady diet of disinformation, and in the run-up to the war he sent various exiles to nine nations' intelligence agencies to spread falsehoods about weapons of mass destruction. If the administration had wanted other material to provide a rationale for invasion, no doubt that would have been fabricated. Either Chalabi perpetrated the greatest con since the Trojan horse or he was the agent of influence for the most successful intelligence operation conducted by Iran, or both.


    U.S. war policy 'grave error'
    {edit: Gee, ya think...?}
    Ex-Rumsfeld aide admits occupation of Iraq a failure
    Britain, U.S. at odds over interim government's role
    May 26, 2004. 06:27 AM

    One of the ideological architects of the Iraq war has criticized the U.S.-led occupation of the country as "a grave error."

    Richard Perle, until recently a powerful adviser to U.S. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, described U.S. policy in post-war Iraq as a failure.

    "I would be the first to acknowledge we allowed the liberation (of Iraq) to subside into an occupation. And I think that was a grave error, and in some ways a continuing error," said Perle, former chair of the influential Defence Policy Board, which advises the Pentagon.

    With violent resistance to the U.S.-led occupation showing no signs of ending, Perle said the biggest mistake in post-war policy "was the failure to turn Iraq back to the Iraqis more or less immediately.

    "We didn't have to find ourselves in the role of occupier. We could have made the transition that is going to be made at the end of June more or less immediately," he told BBC radio, referring to the U.S. and British plan to transfer political authority in Iraq to an interim government on June 30.

    This public criticism of U.S. policy from one of the leading advocates of the war ? and a firm political ally of U.S. President George W. Bush ? indicates just how much Bush's political fortunes are being damaged by post-war chaos.

    {edit: There's no profit in failure, eh Mr. Perle? Even rats are smart enough to abandon a sinking ship...}
  • Jerico
    Champion of the Balance
    • Jan 2004
    • 1577

    Yes! The Great Unravelling continues!

    Absolute power corrupts absolutely :lol:
    \"Bush\'s army of barmy bigots is the worst thing that\'s happened to the US in some years...\"
    Michael Moorcock - 3am Magazine Interview