Neocon Doug Feith master of the serial lie

Insider: Iraq Attack Was Preemptive – Pentagon Insider Tells 60 Minutes U.S. Attack On Iraq Was Anticipatory Self-Defense; Not 9/11 Retaliation

Former Undersecretary for Defense Doug Feith has written a book about the run up to the occupation of Iraq and one can’t help, but wonder why. Feith, once described by General Tommy Franks as “The dumbest f****ing guy on the planet….” might be doing more to earn that distinction. Every detail will be analyzed to death and if his 60 Minutes interview is any indication he’s going to have a lot of people to avoid on the beltway cocktail party circuit and the entire CIA,

Rumsfeld’s statement is followed with words from President Bush warning, “The Iraqi regime is a threat to any American,” which, in turn, is followed by Vice President Cheney’s statement, “There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies and against us.”

Feith responds, “It is true that there was a serious error that the CIA made in saying that we would find WMD stockpiles. And it was a terrible mistake for the administration to have made those stockpiles in any way a part of the case for war. I don’t think we needed to.”

“Wasn’t that the whole lynchpin for the war?” asks Kroft. “I don’t believe so,” the former Defense Department official answers.

Feith has been trying separately for some time to lay all blame at the foot of the CIA concerning intelligence about Iraq, as has Bush. CIA veteran Paul Pillar debunked this nonsense just last year,

When an intelligence officer responsible for counterterrorism politely pointed out that something Feith had just said (and was recommending as a public talking point) about Iraqi-al-Qa’ida relations was not supported by the intelligence, Feith dismissed my colleague’s point as “nit-picking” and quickly went on to the next subject. It was a don’t-bother-us-with-the-facts- we-have-a-war-to-sell approach.

Pillar wasn’t the only one to see that Feith wasn’t much more then the administration’s snake-oil salesman. The Pentagon’s Inspector General found that Feith treated intelligence reports like a creative writing assignment, Pentagon Iraq report called ‘highly disturbing’

Acting Inspector General Thomas F. Gimble told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the office headed by former Pentagon policy chief Douglas J. Feith took “inappropriate” actions in advancing conclusions on Al Qaeda connections not backed up by the nation’s intelligence agencies.

[ ]… Gimble responded that at issue was that the information supplied by Feith’s office in briefings to the National Security Council and the office of Vice President Dick Cheney was “provided without caveats” that there were varying opinions on its reliability.

Gimble’s report said Feith’s office had made assertions “that were inconsistent with the consensus of the intelligence community.”

Feith, wait for it Grover Norquist liberal collge professors conspiracy fans, now works as a professor at Georgetown.

Feith says there have been lots of errors in judgment, but not by him. He is generous in his criticism of Secretary of State Colin Powell, CIA Director George Tenet and General Tommy Franks. And they have returned the favor, plus interest.

Poor DF, he thinks he was the lone voice of truth and wisdom. So 9-11, an attack by some militants from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates gives this administration the idea that they must make an ” Anticipatory Self-Defense” strike and then occupy a country from which none of those hijackers came from, had no relations with AQ and had given up their nuclear program back in the nineties. Even as Iraq sponsored some militant groups most of those groups attacked other Muslims. Only Mr. Feith and his neocon comrades could sit there with a straight face claiming their POV makes sense.

Norman Rocwell’s The Football Hero and Leatherheads wallpapers

The Football Hero by Norman Rockwell.  I saw one of the TV ads for Leatherheads and went over to the official movie site to see if they had any interesting wallpapers. When I saw theirs it reminded me of this painting by Rockwell. The Leatherheads walls below are from the movie’s site with some slight color enhancement by me. There are more over there, I just liked these in particular because of the retro look.

Leatherheads Lexie

Leatherheads Dodge

Leatherheads Bulldogs

In the spirit of a retro post this news from 2004,  Despite the Whitewash, We Now Know that the Bush Administration was Warned Before the War That Its Iraq Claims were Weak

If desperation is ugly, then Washington, D.C. today is downright hideous.

As the 9/11 Commission recently reported, there was “no credible evidence” of a collaborative relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda. Similarly, no weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq. With U.S. casualties mounting in an election year, the White House is grasping at straws to avoid being held accountable for its dishonesty.

The whitewash already has started: In July, Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee released a controversial report blaming the CIA for the mess. The panel conveniently refuses to evaluate what the White House did with the information it was given or how the White House set up its own special team of Pentagon political appointees (called the Office of Special Plans) to circumvent well-established intelligence channels. And Vice President Dick Cheney continues to say without a shred of proof that there is “overwhelming evidence” justifying the administration’s pre-war charges.

But as author Flannery O’Conner noted, “Truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” That means no matter how much defensive spin spews from the White House, the Bush administration cannot escape the documented fact that it was clearly warned before the war that its rationale for invading Iraq was weak.

Top administration officials repeatedly ignored warnings that their assertions about Iraq’s supposed Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and connections to al Qaeda were overstated. In some cases, they were told their claims were wholly without merit, yet they went ahead and made them anyway. Even the Senate report admits that the White House “misrepresented” classified intelligence by eliminating references to contradictory assertions.

In short, they knew they were misleading America.

And they did not care.
They knew Iraq posed no nuclear threat

There is no doubt even though there was no proof of Iraq’s complicity, the White House was focused on Iraq within hours of the 9/11 attacks. As CBS News reported, “barely five hours after American Airlines Flight 77 plowed into the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was telling his aides to come up with plans for striking Iraq.” Former Bush counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke recounted vividly how, just after the attack, President Bush pressured him to find an Iraqi connection. In many ways, this was no surprise—as former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill and another administration official confirmed, the White House was actually looking for a way to invade Iraq well before the terrorist attacks.

But such an unprovoked invasion of a sovereign country required a public rationale. And so the Bush administration struck fear into the hearts of Americans about Saddam Hussein’s supposed WMD, starting with nuclear arms. In his first major address on the “Iraqi threat” in October 2002, President Bush invoked fiery images of mushroom clouds and mayhem, saying, “Iraq is reconstituting its nuclear weapons program.”