The Essential Chalabi

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Never count this guy out.  And as the editorial says, don't expect apologies from the CIA and the State Department for their horrendous persecution of Iraq's next oil minister.

Now that the ultra—religious parties in Iraq have sidelined the secular, pro—democracy reformers, which of our policy makers is going to stand up and take the blame? Is it going to be George Tenet and Colin Powell, whose Central Intelligence Agency and State Department spent much of the last seven years ridiculing Ahmad Chalabi? Is it going to be all the administration officials who spoke off the record and on deep background to disparage Mr. Chalabi as a pro—Iranian spy without offering up a shred of evidence? It would seem the Iranian role in this election was to undercut the man who was accused an Iranian stooge. 

Hat tip: Laurie Mylroie

Doug Hanson   1 04 06

Never count this guy out.  And as the editorial says, don't expect apologies from the CIA and the State Department for their horrendous persecution of Iraq's next oil minister.

Now that the ultra—religious parties in Iraq have sidelined the secular, pro—democracy reformers, which of our policy makers is going to stand up and take the blame? Is it going to be George Tenet and Colin Powell, whose Central Intelligence Agency and State Department spent much of the last seven years ridiculing Ahmad Chalabi? Is it going to be all the administration officials who spoke off the record and on deep background to disparage Mr. Chalabi as a pro—Iranian spy without offering up a shred of evidence? It would seem the Iranian role in this election was to undercut the man who was accused an Iranian stooge. 

Hat tip: Laurie Mylroie

Doug Hanson   1 04 06