CIA people are fond of saying that only their failures get publicized. There is some truth to this. We can all name their monumental foulups like Aldridge Ames, the Soviet agent who practically wore a sign around his neck announcing he was a turncoat but was allowed to operate for years. Then there are the shared foulups, like Jonathan Pollard and FBI agent Hansen, both amateur spies who should have been spotted early on. Now it appears that another foulup may be on the horizon, this one possibly the biggest embarrassment since the Rosenberg nuclear secrets case. One othe key sources of intell on Saddam's elusive WMD's was Ahmad Chalabi, an Iraqi exile with powerful connections into the Pentagon. At least portions of the administration envisioned Chalabi as our man in Baghdad, a friendly latter day Shah of Iran type who would provide steady leadership for his country even as he did our bidding. That dream has been shattered in the aftermath of a raid on his home in Iraq. Supposedly, the State Department and CIA had always been dubious of Chalabi. His credibility eroded with every week that WMD's were not found. Now it has been leaked that he was in the employ of Iranian intelligence all along. The Iranians used him to dupe us into invading Iraq and deposing their archenemy, Saddam Hussein. With Saddam gone the field was clear for the Iranians to insert their operatives to either control the new Iraqi governement or undermine it with terror attacks. The incompetently managed US occupation has given them plenty of room to accomplish their objectives. Bottom line, it appears we have wasted hundreds of lives and billions of dollars, all to end up establishing another Iran. We made crucial mistakes, and continue to make them, in not insisting on a secular government, in allowing clerics to openly criticize our occupation and to allow them to raise rpivate armies and defy us. The real kicker is we still don't really know Chalabi's true game. If he is an Iranian agent, we should put him in Abu Ghraib and show him what real torture is all about. But he may be innocent, the victim of a clever campaign of deceit. It's a murky world.