Friday, November 18, 2005

"The F'ing Stupidest Guy On The Face Of The Earth"

General Tommy Franks, the leader of the Iraq invasion, once described U.S. Defense undersecretary Douglas Feith [A MUST READ] as "the f***ing stupidest guy on the face of the earth," that is according to Bob Woodward's book, Plan of Attack.

Franks was referring to the faulty intelligence given to the military during the build-up to the Iraq war and the extent of the resistance to an invasion of Iraq. Retired Lieutenant Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski, a desk officer at the DOD's office for Near East South Asia (NESA), characterized the intel as not "intelligence -- it was propaganda. They'd take a little bit of intelligence, cherry-pick it, make it sound much more exciting, usually by taking it out of context, often by juxtaposition of two pieces of information that don't belong together."

Now comes word that the Pentagon's Inspector General will get to judge that assessment as he reviews the prewar intelligence activities of Douglas Feith.

I can only hope that the Inspector General will conduct a fair and non-partisan investigation of the whole Office of Special Plans. Then, an indepedent prosecutor can pick up the slack to move on to the marketing arm of the operation over at the White House Iraq Group.

As I look back at what I knew then (pre-invasion) and what I know now, all I can envision are the words: history repeats itself first as tragedy, second as farce.

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