More on the tangled web the neocons did weave...

Discussion in 'Politics' started by ZZZzzzzzzz, Feb 11, 2007.

  1. (For those who don't know about neocon Douglas J. Feith:

    Those who doubt what was really happening, look to his father, the tree Douglas Feith fell from:

    Dalck Feith, father of Douglas Feith, was a Holocaust survivor who came to America as a refugee and ultimately gained success as a businessman and philanthropist.

    Before World War II, he was a member of Betar (a right-wing Zionist organization) in 1930s Poland.

    Yall was sold down the river by Cheney and the neocons...

    Oh, and you won't find the true stories like this on Fox News, Hannity, Rush Limfat, Coulter, Drudge, et. al)

    CIA doubts didn't deter Feith's team
    Intelligence agencies disagreed with many of its prewar findings.

    By Greg Miller and Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writers
    February 10, 2007

    Douglas J. Feith

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    WASHINGTON — As the Bush administration began assembling its case for war, analysts across the U.S. intelligence community were disturbed by the report of a secretive Pentagon team that concluded Iraq had significant ties to Al Qaeda.

    Analysts from the CIA and other agencies "disagreed with more than 50%" of 26 findings the Pentagon team laid out in a controversial paper, according to testimony Friday from Thomas F. Gimble, acting inspector general of the Pentagon.

    The dueling groups sat down at CIA headquarters in late August 2002 to try to work out their differences. But while the CIA agreed to minor modifications in some of its own reports, Gimble said, the Pentagon unit was utterly unbowed.

    "They didn't make the changes that were talked about in that August 20th meeting," Gimble said, and instead went on to present their deeply flawed findings to senior officials at the White House.

    The work of that special Pentagon unit — which was run by former Undersecretary of Defense Douglas J. Feith — is one of the lingering symbols of the intelligence failures leading up to the war in Iraq.

    The Bush administration's primary justification for invading Iraq was always its assertion that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. But Iraq's supposed ties to Al Qaeda — and therefore its connection to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks — were an important secondary argument, and one that resonated with many Americans in the lead-up to the war with Iraq.

    The CIA and many other intelligence agencies were wrong in their assessments of Iraq's weapons programs. But the agency was always deeply skeptical about the ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda.

    Most of the evidence that Feith's Office of Special Plans cited in making its case for significant collaboration between Baghdad and Al Qaeda has crumbled under postwar scrutiny. The Senate Intelligence Committee has concluded that Saddam Hussein was so wary of the terrorist network that he barred anyone in his government from dealing with Al Qaeda.

    Although the Pentagon Inspector General's report released Friday did not address the accuracy of such assessments, it documented the unusual efforts by Defense Department policymakers to bypass regular intelligence channels and influence officials at the highest level of government.

    Feith's work was of critical importance to Vice President Dick Cheney, who once referred to the Pentagon team's conclusions as the "best source" for understanding the relationship between Iraq and Al Qaeda.,1,7138041,full.story?coll=la-news-a_section