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  • Bush Officials OK with Guy Who Sold U.S. on WMDs as Iraq’s Next PM

    07/08/2014 8:45:19 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 16 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July8 2014 | Evan McMurry
    Save for the omnipresent Dick Cheney, the gaggle of Bush administration officials who emerged two weeks ago to lament the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq have largely disappeared from the public debate. But that doesn’t mean they’re gone. Former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz and Bush advisor Richard Perle both expressed openness in the past days to Ahmad Chalabi as a replacement for embattled Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Chalabi is a notorious figure from the early days of the Iraq War, as he supplied the United States with a great deal of falsified intelligence upon which the Bush administration...
  • Libyans release suspect linked to Benghazi attack

    06/27/2013 5:49:53 PM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 27, 2013
    Libya's government earlier this month released a key terror suspect who U.S. officials say was involved in planning the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on U.S. diplomatic and intelligence facilities in Benghazi. Faraj al Chalabi, (also spelled Shibli) an al Qaeda terrorist also linked to the 1994 terrorist murder of two German tourists, was detained by the Tripoli government in March. However, al Chalabi was released June 12 based on claims that there was a lack of evidence to hold him custody. A U.S. official said the U.S. government has evidence al Chalabi was linked to the Benghazi attack but did...
  • The tragic saga of the Iraqi who dared come to Israel

    05/14/2005 7:55:39 PM PDT · by Alouette · 10 replies · 528+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | May 15, 2005 | Dana Rosenblatt
    Coiffed, groomed and impeccably suited, Mithal al-Alusi cuts an imposing figure at this trendy hotel. In the empty bar lounge, he makes himself at home to a breakfast of fresh fruit, strong coffee and a constant flow of cigarettes. The leader of the Democratic Party of the Iraqi Nation is in town to promote his vision for a new Iraq and accept an accolade from an unlikely sponsor – the American Jewish Committee – who honored him with a Moral Courage award at their annual dinner last week. His act of courage was an attempt to break Iraq's long-standing taboo...
  • Late Iraqi Councilor Only Saddam Holdover

    09/25/2003 8:03:56 AM PDT · by kattracks · 4 replies · 155+ views
    9/25/03
    The Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq Sept. 25 — Aquila al-Hashimi, a career diplomat, was the only member of Saddam Hussein's regime to be chosen by Iraq's American occupiers to sit on the interim Governing Council. Al-Hashimi died Thursday of gunshot wounds, five days after being ambushed by six men in a pickup truck near her home in western Baghdad. Widely expected to become Iraq's ambassador to the United Nations, she was preparing to attend the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York. Her assassination was the latest in a series of assaults against Iraqis who have worked openly with the...
  • The Palin Doctrine emerges

    03/19/2011 8:55:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Wizbang ^ | March 18, 2011
    The New York Sun carries a piece sure to stir up the Palin haters and embolden the Palin lovers: The call by the Arab League for Western military intervention in an Arab state -- in this case asking that a UN "no-fly zone" be imposed over Libya - is not only without precedent but it puts in formal terms what Governor Palin stated three weeks ago should have been America's response to the political and humanitarian crisis now unfolding there. The former GOP vice presidential candidate was being interviewed on February 23rd on national television by Sean Hannity on a...
  • Palin Doctrine Emerges as Arab League Echoes Her Demarche on Libya

    03/16/2011 2:02:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 109 replies
    The New York Sun ^ | March 16, 2011 | Benyamin Korn, Special to the Sun
    The call by the Arab League for Western military intervention in an Arab state — in this case asking that a UN “no-fly zone” be imposed over Libya – is not only without precedent but it puts in formal terms what Governor Palin stated three weeks ago should have been America’s response to the political and humanitarian crisis now unfolding there. The former GOP vice presidential candidate was being interviewed on February 23rd on national television by Sean Hannity on a range of issues. On the Libya crisis, she proposed a no-fly-zone to protect the armed and un-armed opposition to...
  • Ballots beat bombs: Iraqis vote for democracy

    03/09/2010 3:43:19 AM PST · by Scanian · 1 replies · 84+ views
    NY Post ^ | March 9, 2010 | Ralph Peters
    Threats, bombs and at least 36 dead didn't stop Iraqis from voting on Sunday. But the harder part -- forming a new, more inclusive national government -- lies ahead. Formal results won't come for a few days. We'll learn how many votes, authentic and fraudulent, went to each of the big five parties and fringe elements. But the news looks good, so far. The biggest question for us in this election has been how much influence Iran might have in the aftermath. Tehran pulled out all the stops -- funneling in money and agents, sponsoring terror and engaging in no...
  • Chalabi's Revenge

    07/22/2008 5:47:12 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies · 620+ views
    theatlantic.com ^ | July 22, 2008 | Jeffrey Goldberg
    Two sources, one in Iraq, the other in Washington, told me that Ahmed Chalabi was key in Maliki's decision to rather ostentatiously endorse Barack Obama's Iraq withdrawal time-line. Chalabi, of course, has been in and out -- mostly out -- of favor with the Bush Administration, but it's not merely revenge that motivated his advice to Maliki. "Chalabi knows American politics better than nearly every other Iraqi politician, and he knows it's time to line up with the candidate who has the better-than-even shot of becoming President," one source told me.
  • ISF, SOI Presence Allows Families to Begin Moving Home

    05/11/2008 8:57:03 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 117+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Capt. Raymond Nutter
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU — Two years ago, al-Qaeda destroyed the Chalabi village in the Sayafiyah region. A Shia tribe in a predominately Sunni area, the Chalabis fled to Mahmudiyah, Baghdad and other surrounding areas. About four months ago, Coalition forces entered the area and set up Sons of Iraq security and Iraqi Army checkpoints. Soon after, Soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), discovered residents had returned to the area. “These families had heard from word of mouth that the area was now secure so now they are...
  • Fatal errors

    03/24/2008 5:15:42 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 4 replies · 308+ views
    Financial Times ^ | March 14 2008 | Stephen Fidler
    The Man Who Pushed America to War: The Extraordinary Life, Adventures and Obsessions of Ahmad Chalabi By Aram Roston Nation Books $27.50, 369 pages What do the arch hawks of the Bush administration, such as Paul Wolfowitz, have in common with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard? Answer: they both fêted Ahmad Chalabi, the former Iraqi banker who put “regime change” in Baghdad at the top of the US policy agenda. In this biography, American investigative reporter Aram Roston says Chalabi and his organisations took millions from the US government, even as he continued to talk to Iranian intelligence services. While it uncovers...
  • Shadow Warriors--The untold story of traitors, saboteurs, and the party of surrender.

    02/04/2008 5:11:21 AM PST · by SJackson · 38 replies · 765+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 2-4-08 | David Forsmark
        Shadow Warriors   By David ForsmarkFrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, February 04, 2008 Shadow Warriors: The Untold Story of Traitors, Saboteurs, and the Party of SurrenderBy Kenneth TimmermanCrown Forum, $25.95, 404 pp. At long last, the CIA and the State Department have targeted a government they have identified as an aggressive threat to world peace and largely countered its foreign policy through psy-ops, propaganda, selective leaks of intelligence and covert operations.And who was the target of this covert campaign? Are these operations aimed at the Islamofascists in Iran? How about Vladimir Putin and his increasingly fascist government in Russia?...
  • “This Is the FBI—Can We Talk?”

    01/18/2008 9:46:34 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 49 replies · 1,003+ views
    Washingtonian ^ | 01. Jan 2008 | Mark Matthews
    Keith Weissman and Steven Rosen Are PhDs and Middle East Experts Who Did Some Lobbying. They Thought They Were Doing What Washington Insiders Always Do. Thomas O’Donnell didn’t reveal his job when he phoned Keith Weissman in 2004 and got the policy analyst’s wife. He says he didn’t want to scare her. When Weissman returned the call and found out O’Donnell was an FBI agent, his first reaction was to attempt a joke: “What did I do?” “I’m sure you didn’t do anything,” O’Donnell told him. He wanted to meet that day, for five or ten minutes, and get Weissman’s...
  • Shadow Warriors--a secret plot to destroy the presidency of George W. Bush

    12/12/2007 7:12:17 AM PST · by SJackson · 65 replies · 967+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 12-12-07 | Jamie Glazov
      Shadow Warriors   By Jamie GlazovFrontPageMagazine.com | Wednesday, December 12, 2007 Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Kenneth R. Timmerman, the New York Times bestselling author of Countdown to Crisis, The French Betrayal of America, Preachers of Hate: Islam and the War on America, and Death Lobby: How the West Armed Iraq. In 2006 he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his groundbreaking reporting on Iran ’s nuclear weapons program. He is the author of the new book, Shadow Warriors: The Untold Story of Traitors, Saboteurs, and the Party of Surrender. FP: Kenneth Timmerman, welcome to Frontpage...
  • US soldier's family brings legal action against British private security firm [in Iraq]

    10/30/2007 4:39:27 PM PDT · by freedomdefender · 11 replies · 63+ views
    Guardian ^ | October 30 2007 | Suzanne Goldenberg
    A British private security firm hired to protect oil installations of post-invasion Iraq is being sued for causing the death of an American soldier. The case against the Erinys security firm, which reportedly has close ties to the former Iraqi exile Ahmed Chalabi, is believed to be the first brought against a private security contractor operating in Iraq by a member of the US military. It comes at a time of rising unease about the actions of private security firms in Iraq after 17 Iraqi civilians were shot dead in Baghdad by Blackwater guards travelling with a convoy of US...
  • Baghdad 'Surge'Returns Chalabi To Center Stage

    02/23/2007 4:17:08 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 17 replies · 580+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 23 February 2007 | YOCHI J. DREAZEN
    In his latest remarkable political reincarnation, onetime U.S. favorite Ahmed Chalabi has secured a position inside the Iraqi government that could help determine whether the Bush administration's new push to secure Baghdad succeeds. In a new post created earlier this year, Mr. Chalabi will serve as an intermediary between Baghdad residents and the Iraqi and U.S. security forces mounting an aggressive counterinsurgency campaign across the city. The position is meant to help Iraqis arrange reimbursement for damage to their cars and homes caused by the security sweeps in the hope of maintaining public support for the strategy. Mr. Chalabi's writ...
  • Where Plan A Left Ahmad Chalabi

    11/05/2006 7:17:07 AM PST · by DJ Taylor · 2 replies · 433+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 5, 2006 | Dexter Filkins
    1. London, August 2006 Many miles away in a more dangerous place the dream is ending badly. The bodies pile up. Good people stream to the borders. Leaders pile money onto planes. The center is giving way. The apartment on South Street in London is an antidote to Baghdad in nearly every respect. Where the Iraqi capital rings with chaos and violence, the sidewalks of Mayfair are quiet enough to hear your own voice above the cars. Baghdad is treeless and tan; the South Street apartment opens onto a private park filled with the lushness of an English garden. Just...
  • Negroponte makes unannounced Iraq visit

    11/03/2006 12:54:26 PM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 390+ views
    AP ^ | 11/3/6 | SINAN SALAHEDDIN
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. National Intelligence Director John Negroponte met Friday with Iraq's prime minister in the second visit this week by a top U.S. official. The unannounced meeting comes amid spiraling violence that included seven American deaths and the discovery of 56 bodies in the Iraqi capital bearing signs of torture. The bodies found scattered around Baghdad were of Iraqi men between 20 and 45 years old, and all were apparent victims of sectarian death squads, police said Friday.All wore civilian clothes and had been bound at the wrists and ankles, police Lt. Mohammed Khayon said. He said the...
  • Democrats Target Pentagon Planning

    11/24/2003 3:19:36 PM PST · by Maria S · 8 replies · 581+ views
    Insight Magazine ^ | Nov. 24, 2003 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    The sordid tale now making the rounds in the "mainstream" press of a rogue Pentagon intelligence operation has all the elements of an urban legend: heavy breathing, a secret basement office "down by the ramp" and government officials who form a hidden alliance based on long-ago ties to an obscure but influential university guru. Only the work of a few good men with the courage to face up to this "cabal" - and a few crusader-journalists to help them - can make the demons scatter and scare the dark ones into the light. Or so the story goes on those...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 19 March 2006

    03/19/2006 5:23:26 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 1,247 replies · 21,760+ views
    Various big media television networks ^ | 19 March 2006 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sunday, March 19th, 2006 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa. FACE THE NATION (CBS): Vice President Dick Cheney. THIS WEEK (ABC): Sens. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., and Jack Reed, D-R.I.; Olympic speed skater Joey Cheek. LATE EDITION (CNN) : Sens. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., and Joseph Biden, D-Del.; Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Chalabi; Afghan Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah; former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
  • Iraq oil minister replaced after protesting price hikes (Chalabi takes control for 30 days)

    12/30/2005 11:56:32 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 12 replies · 526+ views
    Agence France Presse | December 30, 2005
    Iraq's deputy prime minister Ahmed Chalabi was put in charge of the oil ministry Friday after the minister, Ibrahim Bahr al-Ulum, was relieved of his duties, an official said. "The government has relieved Mr Bahr al-Ulum of duties for 30 days and put in charge Mr Chalabi who heads the energy council," the official said on condition of anonymity. "The decision was taken because of Mr Bahr al-Ulum's objections to the early introduction of higher petrol prices," the official said. The Iraqi government earlier this month announced a tripling of petrol prices in a bid to reduce subsidies, a...
  • Boys of Baghdad College Vie for Prime Minister

    12/11/2005 11:27:29 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 8 replies · 481+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 12, 2005 | DEXTER FILKINS
    The priests have long since departed, but the elite Jesuit high school called Baghdad College still looms over the swirling world of Iraqi politics. The three Iraqi political leaders considered most likely to end up as prime minister after nationwide elections this week - Ayad Allawi, Ahmad Chalabi and Adelabdul Mahdi - were schoolmates at the all-boys English-language school in the late 1950's, fortunate members of the Baghdad elite that governed Iraq until successive waves of revolution and terror swept it away. The boys of Baghdad College, now men in their 60's back from exile, are ready to assume their...
  • When Red and Blue Turn Purple

    11/18/2005 7:30:19 AM PST · by goodnesswins · 16 replies · 713+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 11/18/05 | Lance Dickie
    Lance Dickie / Seattle Times editorial columnist When red and blue turn purple President Bush is having an especially tough week with the Iraq war when he gets hung out to dry by Ahmad Chalabi and the U.S. Senate on the same day. Chalabi is the convicted embezzler behind suspect intelligence on Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction, which the White House found irresistible before the war. He is now deputy prime minister of Iraq. His illuminating PBS appearance on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer came amid a grand tour of Capitol Hill and the White House. Interviewer Ray...
  • Hitchens: Are you sure you want to keep saying we were fooled by Ahmad Chalabi and the INC?

    11/16/2005 7:29:40 PM PST · by Senator Goldwater · 15 replies · 1,308+ views
    Slate.com ^ | November 14, 2005 | Christopher Hitchens
    But in trying to set the record straight, [Bush] asserted: "When I made the decision to remove Saddam Hussein from power, Congress approved it with strong bipartisan support." The October 2002 joint resolution authorized the use of force in Iraq, but it did not directly mention the removal of Hussein from power.
  • Chalabi to New York Times: I am Iran's Candidate for Iraqi Premiership

    11/15/2005 9:15:26 PM PST · by F14 Pilot · 5 replies · 682+ views
    www.almendhar.com ^ | 16/11/2005
    Ahmed Al Chalabi, who has taken several steps that were not well estimated in the past, is seeking to re-produce himself in front of the Americans, whom some observers believe that they would keep a distance between them and the man, whose image has shaken a lot due to the policies that he adopted in the past. In the beginning, Al Chalabi's visit to Washington has been surrounded with many questions. It came during a very sensitive period, due to the intensive Iranian intervention in Iraqi affairs and the American reaction towards it. It has been preceded with a history...
  • Believe It or Not

    11/14/2005 4:29:18 PM PST · by hipaatwo · 21 replies · 1,392+ views
    Slate ^ | Christopher Hitchens
    Are you sure you want to keep saying we were fooled by Ahmad Chalabi and the INC? By Christopher Hitchens Posted Monday, Nov. 14, 2005, at 11:46 AM ET The power to cloud congessmen's minds? Click image to expand. The power to cloud congessmen's minds? What do you have to believe in order to keep alive your conviction that the Bush administration conspired to launch a lie-based war? As with (I admit) the pro-war case, the ground of argument has a tendency to shift. I saw two examples in Washington last week. An exceptionally moth-eaten and shabby picket line outside...
  • Democrats Ask Whether Chalabi, In U.S., Will Face FBI Questions

    11/09/2005 11:37:41 PM PST · by indianrightwinger · 6 replies · 502+ views
    THE FIGHT FOR IRAQ Democrats Ask Whether Chalabi, In U.S., Will Face FBI Questions By SCOT J. PALTROW Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL November 10, 2005; Page B3 Three Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats demanded that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales answer questions both about Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi's current visit to top Bush administration officials and about why a criminal investigation into his possible role in leaking U.S. secrets to Iran appears to have languished. Mr. Chalabi, now a deputy prime minister in Iraq with authority over its oil resources, arrived in Washington Tuesday on his first visit to...
  • Chalabi offers to be questioned by Senate (re: Saddam & pre-war claims of hidden WMDs)

    11/09/2005 4:08:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 737+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/09/05 | Barry Schweid - ap
    WASHINGTON - Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Chalabi offered Wednesday to be questioned by the Senate on his role in prewar Iraq but refused to apologize for fueling allegations that Saddam Hussein had hidden caches of weapons of mass destruction. Accorded a warm reception by the Bush administration, Chalabi lined up Vice President Dick Cheney and five Cabinet officers, including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, for meetings this week and next. Chalabi, whose reputation in Washington has soared, fallen and now revived, was welcomed by administration officials whom he briefed on Iraq's reconstruction...
  • 'Unusually Effective' (Ahmad Chalabi - Laurie Mylroie)

    11/08/2005 3:27:25 PM PST · by Matchett-PI · 34 replies · 946+ views
    New York Sun ^ | November 8, 2005 | Laurie Mylroie
    <p>Ahmad Chalabi, Iraq's deputy prime minister and head of the Iraqi National Congress, arrives today on a visit to Washington and New York, his first trip to the United States in nearly two years. The official American invitation reflects a recognition that Chalabi is among Iraq's most effective political figures and a repudiation of an earlier, perverse U.S. effort to "marginalize," if not destroy, him.</p>
  • Chalabi to visit U.S. ahead of Iraqi elections

    11/08/2005 1:17:49 PM PST · by rubeng · 4 replies · 362+ views
    Reuters ^ | 07 Nov 2005 | Carol Giacomo
    WASHINGTON, Nov 7 (Reuters) - The Iraqi politician most associated with the discredited prewar intelligence that has the Bush presidency in turmoil visits Washington this week as he maneuvers for advantage before Iraq's Dec. 15 elections. Ahmad Chalabi, Iraq's deputy prime minister, is a former U.S. golden boy who for years was on the Pentagon payroll. He fell from favor after the United States ousted Saddam Hussein but has proven a remarkable political survivor and is considered a likely candidate for prime minister. Chalabi's visit will almost certainly provoke more debate over President George W. Bush's conduct of the war,...
  • Plamegate: Bad For McCain (Vanity)

    10/26/2005 3:51:29 PM PDT · by faithincowboys · 72 replies · 1,616+ views
    John McCain, a Neocon's Neocon, will be dead for '08 if Plamegate detonates in the way the Left hopes. Plamegate is a twofer-- it's designed to politically castrate/impeach Bush and to thin the GOP field for Hillary in '08. McCain's closeness with Chalabi-- there is footage-- will be the focus of the Clinton War Room. McCain is no winner in '08. The GOP base will have to be passionate for whoever the candidate is-- despite McCain's fiscal thrift, he can never make the base love or trust him. His Chalabi connection kills him with independents and mods assuming Iraq continues...
  • Chalabi to visit US next month

    10/23/2005 4:43:40 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 4 replies · 310+ views
    AFP ^ | October 23 2005
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Chalabi will be visiting the US capital in November at the invitation of Treasury Secretary John Snow. The visit is likely to mark a political rehabilitation in the United States of the controversial former Iraqi exile leader, whose Baghdad headquarters were raided in 2004 and who was accused of passing on secret information to Iran. The Time magazine report says Chalabi will have potentially more significant meetings with national security adviser Stephen Hadley and perhaps Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Both now believe Chalabi is a plausible and acceptable candidate to be...
  • 2-man report linked terrorists to Saddam: Conclusions helped propel Bush to war

    04/30/2004 4:31:09 AM PDT · by TrebleRebel · 13 replies · 634+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | 4/29/2004 | James Risen
    WASHINGTON: Soon after the Sept. 11 attacks, a two-man intelligence team set up shop at the Pentagon, searching for evidence of links between terrorist groups and host countries. The men, Michael Maloof and David Wurmser, culled classified material, much of it uncorroborated data from the CIA. "We discovered tons of raw intelligence," said Maloof. "We were stunned that we couldn't find any mention of it in the CIA's finished reports." They recorded and annotated their evidence on butcher paper hung like a mural around their small office. By the end of 2001, they had constructed a startling new picture of...
  • New Iraqi PM Not Ashamed of CIA Links

    06/09/2004 11:44:31 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 284+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed Jun 9, 2004 01:09 PM ET | Lin Noueihed
        New Iraqi PM Not Ashamed of CIA LinksWed Jun 9, 2004 01:09 PM ET By Lin Noueihed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - New Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said Wednesday he was not ashamed of having worked with the CIA and other intelligence agencies as head of an exiled group trying to destabilize Saddam Hussein's regime. "I was the head of a political organization in touch with at least 15 intelligence services across the world and in the region," Allawi said after a cabinet meeting. "We don't feel ashamed of having been in touch to liberate Iraq from the...
  • Chalabi: American Moles Recruited by Saddam

    04/27/2003 12:03:37 PM PDT · by kattracks · 43 replies · 781+ views
    Newsmax.com ^ | 4/27/03 | Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff
    The man backed by many in the Bush administration to head Baghdad's postwar government said Sunday that documents uncovered over the weekend show that Saddam Hussein tried to recruit U.S. citizens to undermine the Bush adminsitration's war effort in Iraq. "We have captured a great many files of Saddam's services and there is astounding information about the extent of their networks and their efforts to recruit foreign nationals - including Americans - to work in the Mukabahrat [Iraqi intelligence service]," said Ahmed Chalabi, head of the Iraqi National Congress. "I think that this is something that must be pursued,"...
  • Tamara Chalabi: Iraq: Unified by Oil?

    10/15/2005 9:27:26 AM PDT · by Matchett-PI · 5 replies · 736+ views
    Tamara Chalabi, Democratize Oil Revenues, Open Democracy Date: Sat, 15 Oct 2005 12:11:30 -0400 Iraq’s people vote on their draft constitution on 15 October. A single sentence in the document may be the key to its success, says Tamara Chalabi. [Click above link to access the hot links within this commentary]: Hard times may still continue in Iraq. However, the hopes for social and political justice, as well as resolving the problem of federalism and containing the violent insurgency, might reside in chapter 4, article 109 of the draft constitution. It simply states that: “Oil and gas is the property...
  • WSJ: Iraqi Crossroads - How about a constitutional right to share in the oil wealth?

    08/17/2005 6:02:40 AM PDT · by OESY · 7 replies · 427+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 17, 2005 | Editorial
    ...The dilemma is that most of Iraq's oil wealth is found in areas claimed by Shiites and Kurds. And some leading Iraqi ethnic politicians have been asserting a right to keep all the oil revenue in their regions. Kurdish chieftain Massoud Barzani wants to control the northern city of Kirkuk, while Shiite politician Abdul Aziz al-Hakim is pushing for nearly complete control of the oil fields in the south. Thus strong regional governments, if allowed too much control over oil, risk leaving an Iraq with a rump Sunni province, and could create the perception of a legitimate grievance where none...
  • Will Judith Miller Talk?

    08/09/2005 11:15:42 AM PDT · by SolidSupplySide · 101 replies · 3,335+ views
    Wanniski.com ^ | August 7, 2005 | Jude Wanniski
    The only reason the Valeria Plame affair remains a big story is the small possibility that when U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and the federal grand jury take action, any day now, it may reach into the Oval Office. That is, one or more indictments of government officials may lead to hard information that President Bush knew the Niger yellowcake story was pure propaganda, which helped him justify war with Iraq, when he used it in his 2003 State of the Union speech for that purpose. Fitzgerald has been keeping his cards close to his vest, but sources close to the...
  • The Price of Compromise

    08/08/2005 4:26:16 PM PDT · by Nicholas Conradin · 41 replies · 819+ views
    Middle East Forum ^ | August 8, 2005 | Michael Rubin
    Insurgent violence has taken a heavy toll on the U.S. in Iraq. A series of attacks earlier this month pushed the total of American fatalities past 1,800. The mounting casualties have shaken American confidence. Terrorism has hit Iraqis even harder. On Capitol Hill, there are bipartisan calls for the White House to establish a timeline for withdrawal. Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld has been floating trial balloons. Senior military officials and diplomats, meanwhile, seek to deflate the insurgency. They urge Iraqis to embrace and engage former Baathists, Islamists, and Arab Sunni rejectionists. If the Sunnis can be brought into the fold,...
  • Israel Cracked Iranian Code, J'lem Post (citing New Yorker)

    06/04/2004 10:53:22 AM PDT · by Matchett-PI · 11 replies · 345+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | March 3, 2004, Wednesday | Yaakov Katz
    SECTION: NEWS; Pg. 5 Report says Israeli unit cracked Iranian code A secret intelligence unit, known as Unit 8200, broke a sophisticated Iranian code enabling Israel to monitor communications, including contacts with Pakistan regarding the development of Iranian nuclear weapons, The New Yorker reported on Tuesday. "On a trip to the Middle East last month, I was told that a number of years ago the Israeli signals-intelligence agency, known as Unit 8200, broke a sophisticated Iranian code and began monitoring communications that included talk between Iran and Pakistan about Iran's burgeoning nuclear weapons program," investigative reporter Seymour M. Hersh wrote....
  • Muqtada al-Sadr & Ahmad Chalabi meet to defuse tension

    05/24/2005 12:21:08 PM PDT · by OXENinFLA · 9 replies · 539+ views
    Yahoo photos ^ | 5-24-05 | AP
    Anti-U.S. Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, left, and Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Chalabi speak after a meeting in Najaf 160 kilometers (100 miles) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, May 24, 2005. The meeting with Muqtada al-Sadr sought to defuse tension between Sunnis and majority Shiites after a recent series of sectarian killings. (AP Photo/Alaa al-Marjani)Iraqi Shi'ite leaders Moqtada al-Sadr (L), Ahmad Chalabi (C) and Abdel Karim Mahoud talk to reporters after meeting in the holy city of Najaf May 24, 2005. Chalabi and Mahoud travelled to Najaf from Baghdad for a briefing from Sadr on his attempts to mediate between...
  • Faulty Sources Isikoff & MSM previously used: Karen Kwiatkowski & Patrick Lang

    05/19/2005 5:55:33 AM PDT · by Matchett-PI · 51 replies · 3,790+ views
    NRO and Iraq News ^ | 5-17-05 | Michael Rubin
    Two items: [1] From Laurie Mylroie's "Iraq News" Newsletter - Tue, 17 May 2005 20:03:39 -0400 Subject: Michael Rubin, Prior Isikoff Use of Faulty Source From the list of Michael Rubin, previously at DoD and now at AEI (May 17, 2005): This was not the first time Michael Isikoff has used faulty or fabricated sources. In reporting the myth that Doug Feith’s office created its own intelligence unit, he relied on Karen Kwiatkowski, who associated with the Lyndon LaRouche movement. Kwiatkowski said on tape that she was Isikoff’s chief source. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s Report on the U.S....
  • Ahmad Chalabi Takes Over Iraq Oil Ministry

    04/28/2005 10:37:26 AM PDT · by ambrose · 5 replies · 762+ views
    Reuters ^ | 4.28.05
    Ahmad Chalabi Takes Over Iraq Oil Ministry 2 hours, 31 minutes ago Iraq failed to name an oil minister for its new government on Thursday and controversial politician Ahmad Chalabi was appointed acting minister of an industry plagued by sabotage attacks and uncertainty. Chalabi, speaking to Reuters by telephone shortly after his appointment, said he might only be in the job for "a short time" but he pledged to work to ensure smooth exports and honor contracts struck by the previous government. With the oil market anxious to see Iraq move toward stability and offer steady crude supplies, Chalabi said:...
  • WSJ: Catching a 'Curveball'

    04/12/2005 5:36:19 AM PDT · by OESY · 1 replies · 554+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 12, 2005 | Editorial
    ...[M]ore than 10 days after the bipartisan Robb-Silberman Commission debunked a major piece of the media's Iraq war narrative -- that Ahmed Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress played a major role in the bad intelligence on Saddam's WMDs -- almost none of the outlets that sold the story have seen fit to correct the record or explain their reporting. An honorable exception is NBC's Tim Russert, who in any case appears to have been guilty of nothing more that believing what he read in places like the Los Angeles Times and Newsweek. On Sunday's edition of "Meet the Press," Mr. Russert...
  • The friend we betrayed - (in defense of Ahmad Chalabi; good piece by Max Boot)

    04/08/2005 4:59:34 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 467+ views
    JEWISH WORLD REVIEW.COM ^ | APRIL 8, 2005 | MAX BOOT
    In 1987, after he was exonerated of corruption charges, former Secretary of Labor Raymond Donovan issued the classic plea of the wronged man: "Which office do I go to get my reputation back?" Whichever office it is, Ahmad Chalabi may want to apply there as well. The leader of the Iraqi National Congress has been the most unfairly maligned man on the planet in recent years. If you believe what you read, Chalabi is a con man, a crook and, depending on which day of the week it is, either an American or Iranian stooge. The most damning charge is...
  • How my child saved me from ego-driven mania

    04/02/2005 5:17:33 PM PST · by PopGonzalez · 10 replies · 948+ views
    Times of London ^ | March 31, 2005 | Janine di Giovanni
    How my child saved me from ego-driven mania Janine di Giovanni After years of reporting from the front line in war zones this war correspondent could not imagine doing any other job. Then along came her first baby — and everything changed RECENTLY a female reporter with a job similar to mine wrote an article about how having a child made her a better war correspondent. Despite the fact that she spent long periods away from him, she was proud that her son could point out Afghanistan on a globe and was baffled as to why he didn’t want to...
  • Chalabi's INC cleared on WMDs [But don't expect the MSM to tell you]

    04/02/2005 6:32:59 AM PST · by aculeus · 3 replies · 536+ views
    The American Thinker (via Roger Simon) ^ | March 31, 2005 | Clarice Feldman
    If you recall, the MSM, relying on unnamed sources repeatedly tarred the Iraqi National Congress and Ahmed Chalabi with being the source of false intelligence information on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Leaving aside for the moment that those sources undoubtedly were located within the agencies that the Commission found responsible for the bad intelligence, it did clear the INC of these false claims--not that you'll know, unless you take the time to read the Commission Report. Page 108 of the Robb-Silverman Report states: "In fact, over all, CIA's post-war investigations revealed that INC-related sources had a minimal impact on...
  • WSJ: A Media Intelligence Failure

    04/01/2005 5:27:18 AM PST · by OESY · 5 replies · 877+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 1, 2005 | Editorial
    [T]he 600-plus-page Robb-Silberman report on intelligence that was released yesterday. But one important conclusion worth noting, even on a quick reading, is that the report blows apart the myth that intelligence provided by Iraqi politician and former exile Ahmed Chalabi suckered the U.S. into going to war. That myth was a media and antiwar favorite last year, before the U.S. and Iraq elections, and when all of Washington thought President Bush was a one-termer. CIA and State Department sources peddled the idea that an Iraqi defector code-named "Curveball" had planted bad information about Saddam's WMD.... The promoters of some version...
  • Who Killed Dale Stoffel?

    03/15/2005 4:15:58 PM PST · by to_zion · 6 replies · 569+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | 1/21/05 | From staff and wire reports
    The FBI is investigating the fatal shooting in Iraq of a U.S. contractor from Washington County who had accused Iraqi military officials of corruption days before his death. Dale Stoffel, 43, of Monongahela, was shot to death Dec. 8 in a roadside ambush while returning to Baghdad after discussing the corruption claims with coalition military officials at a northern Iraqi military base. Stoffel's business associate, Joseph Wemple, 49, of Orlando, Fla., also was killed. The killings came after Stoffel alerted senior U.S. officials in Washington that Iraqi Defense Ministry officials were part of a kickback scheme involving a multimillion-dollar contract...
  • Iraq Shi'ites, Kurds Say They're Nearing Government Deal

    03/15/2005 11:58:22 AM PST · by Alex Marko · 4 replies · 524+ views
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Shi'ite Muslim and Kurdish politicians are nearing agreement on forming Iraq's next government, officials from the two sides said Tuesday. "We expect to sign a declaration in the next few days on general principles that include dealing with the city of Kirkuk according to the interim constitution," Mohammad Bahr al-Uloum, a member of the majority Shi'ite bloc in parliament told Reuters.
  • Iraq Opposition Officers Connect with a Hashemite Prince to Replace Saddam (Jordan Participates!)

    08/23/2002 6:28:35 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 24 replies · 609+ views
    MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute) ^ | August 22, 2002 | Dr. Nimrod Raphaeli
    On July 14, 2002, the Iraqi media commemorated the demise of the Hashemite monarchy in Iraq 44 years ago. The last Hashemite king in Iraq was 23 year-old King Faisal II who was assassinated at the hands of army officers led by General Abd Al-Karim Qassim who carried out the military coup of 1958. Under the auspices of the Iraqi National Congress (the main Iraqi opposition in exile), a group of about 70 former Iraqi army officers met in London on July 12, 2002 to chart the course for overthrowing Saddam Hussein's regime and installing a new regime dedicated...