David Kirkpatrick

August 5, 2008

Bush 43 regime — criminal and inept

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 4:05 pm

Every time I think it couldn’t get worse, news about the Bush 43 regime has a new surprise to share. For the good of our nation, we need to rip the curtain aside and get a good look at the mess Bush/Cheney/Rove created.

Offhand I’d say the GOP is the major victim, only because the American public can weather this type of storm and move forward. The GOP is an embarrassing gang of hypocrites, writ large.

In the fall of 2003, after the world learned there were no WMD — as Habbush had foretold — the White House ordered the CIA to carry out a deception. The mission: create a handwritten letter, dated July, 2001, from Habbush to Saddam saying that Atta trained in Iraq before the attacks and the Saddam was buying yellow cake for Niger with help from a “small team from the al Qaeda organization.”The mission was carried out, the letter was created, popped up in Baghdad, and roiled the global newcycles in December, 2003 (conning even venerable journalists with Tom Brokaw). The mission is a statutory violation of the charter of CIA, and amendments added in 1991, prohibiting CIA from conduction disinformation campaigns on U.S. soil.

So that’s Suskind’s version of events. I’ll be curious to see what evidence he has to back it up. If this allegation is true (and that’s a big “if” at this point), then the letter was intended solely for political purposes. By the fall of 2003, we had already invaded Iraq and declared “Mission Accomplished.” The issue at that point was the looming political fallout as the original case for war crumbled.

Update 8/7/08 — This story is becoming a bit more odd. And it looks like Cheney’s fingerprints are on the illegal disinformation.

From the link:

My source also notes that Dick Cheney, who was behind the forgery, hated and mistrusted the Agency and would not have used it for such a sensitive assignment.  Instead, he went to Doug Feith’s Office of Special Plans and asked them to do the job.  The Pentagon has its own false documents center, primarily used to produce fake papers for Delta Force and other special ops officers traveling under cover as businessmen.  It was Feith’s office that produced the letter and then surfaced it to the media in Iraq.  Unlike the Agency, the Pentagon had no restrictions on it regarding the production of false information to mislead the public.  Indeed, one might argue that Doug Feith’s office specialized in such activity.