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  • Uncommon Knowledge (Douglas Feith talks war policy. “Chapters 1-5” - videos)

    06/23/2008 8:22:08 AM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 1 replies · 90+ views
    NRO ^ | Peter Robinson
    Uncommon Knowledge Douglas Feith talks war policy. “Chapters 1-5”  FRIDAY, JUNE 20, 2008War Policy with Douglas Feith: Chapter 5 of 5Is the U.S. equipped to deal with national-security problems around the world? Feith says no, pointing out the antiquated organization of our entire security community as well as the ineffective mess that is the CIA. Of course, our national security ultimately depends on the people in charge. Feith rates a few of the bigger names. THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2008War Policy with Douglas Feith: Chapter 4 of 5Feith describes how WMD in Iraq — or the lack thereof — changed everything....
  • Victor Davis Hanson: War and Decision by Douglas Feith

    06/12/2008 8:37:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies · 75+ views
    Commentary ^ | June 2008 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Order of BattleWar and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism by Douglas FeithHarper. 688 pp. $27.95 "The stupidest f—ing guy on the planet” is how General Tommy Franks, the head of U.S. Central Command, summed up Douglas Feith, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in the Pentagon from July 2001 until his resignation in August 2005. Franks was cruder than most, but Feith was under almost continuously hostile scrutiny and controversy throughout his tenure. As the third-highest ranking civilian official in Donald Rumsfeld’s wartime Pentagon, he oversaw the Defense Department’s relations with foreign governments at...
  • Tale of Two Books (Dueling book reviews, McClellan vs Feith)

    06/03/2008 3:35:16 PM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 5 replies · 154+ views ^ | June 03, 2008 | Frank J. Gaffney Jr.
    A Tale of Two Books   By Frank J. Gaffney Jr. | Tuesday, June 03, 2008 I don’t generally make a habit of disagreeing with Peggy Noonan.  She is after all, one of the most thoughtful, accomplished and influential wordsmiths of our time.  She is also a much-admired friend and colleague.In an essay published last week in the Wall Street Journal last weekend, however, Peggy offered what amounted to a defense of Scott McClellan’s new memoir of his years in the George W. Bush administration, What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception. To...
  • How Bush Sold the War

    05/27/2008 2:59:28 AM PDT · by hotdog777 · 16 replies · 181+ views
    By DOUGLAS J. FEITH May 27, 2008; Page A21 In the fall of 2003, a few months after Saddam Hussein's overthrow, U.S. officials began to despair of finding stockpiles of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. The resulting embarrassment caused a radical shift in administration rhetoric about the war in Iraq. President Bush no longer stressed Saddam's record or the threats from the Baathist regime as reasons for going to war. Rather, from that point forward, he focused almost exclusively on the larger aim of promoting democracy. This new focus compounded the damage to the president's credibility that had already been...
  • War And Decision: Samizdat History

    05/23/2008 6:52:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 339+ views
    American Thinker ^ | May 23, 2008 | Clarice Feldman
    A few days ago I had an opportunity to discuss the pithy but engagingly written book War and Decision with its author, Douglas Feith. The book is lengthy -- with endnotes it runs to 653 pages -- but has the virtue the other books about the internal processes on the Iraq war decision-making lack. It is well-detailed and superbly documented rather than the on-the-fly and off-the top-of-the-head self-serving and extensively reviewed accounts written by the other authors. Feith's version of events is drawn from memos, briefings and his personal contemporaneous notes which, to the extent that they've been declassified, you...
  • Warring History - Rethinking the Iraq critics.

    05/10/2008 12:33:21 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 164+ views
    National Review Online ^ | May 10, 2008 | Michael Barone
    May 10, 2008, 8:30 a.m. Warring HistoryRethinking the Iraq critics. By Michael Barone In trying to understand news about the conflicts in Iraq, I work to keep in mind the difference between what we know now about decision making in World War II and what most Americans knew at the time. From the memoirs and documents published after the war, we’ve learned how leaders made critical judgments. But at the time, even well-informed journalists only could guess at what was going on behind the scenes. Today we’re only beginning to learn about what went on behind the scenes in...
  • Iraq War Architects Shrug Off Truth

    05/02/2008 5:54:41 PM PDT · by rmlew · 23 replies · 186+ views ^ | May 2, 2008 | Diana West
    So there I was, listening to a few of the major "architects" of the war in Iraq -- Paul Wolfowitz, formerly No. 2 man at the Pentagon under Donald Rumsfeld; Douglas J. Feith, formerly No. 3 man at the Pentagon under Rumsfeld; Peter Rodman, another former senior adviser to Rumsfeld; and Dan Senor, former senior adviser to Paul Bremer of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA). They had assembled at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., for a discussion of Feith's new book, "War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism," but what they were...
  • It really was fear of WMD's

    04/21/2008 5:26:31 PM PDT · by tedbel · 5 replies · 137+ views
    Israpundit ^ | April 21/08 | Ted Belman
    Today I had a private conversation with Douglas Feith and Frank Gaffney Jr. It came about due to a conference call that was arranged by the Center for Security Policy of which the latter is the President. The subject of the call was Feith's recent book War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism. Feith as you may recall was the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy on 911. As such he was in the thick of things. Of all the players in the planning of the Bush administration’s war on terrorism, few were...
  • The Feith Connection

    04/13/2008 10:59:20 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 4 replies · 141+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-13-08 | Wordsmith
    Douglas Feith has been much maligned by Iraq war opponents. In advance of his book release last Tuesday, 60 Minutes ran an interview with Feith, one of the architects of the Iraq War, last Sunday. I was at a weekend festival and missed it; but thanks to the wonders of the internet as well as CBS 60 Minutes now making their video archives embeddable, here is the interview: **Video on site** This is the only time that I can recall 60 Minutes conducting a book-release interview that was not by an anti-Administration author or by someone who appears to be...
  • Feith's book sets record straight on Iraq

    04/08/2008 6:06:23 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 13 replies · 130+ views
    Center for Security Policy ^ | 8 April 08 | Frank Gaffney
    The war over Iraq – not to be confused with the conflict actually taking place there – is back in the headlines. This week's report to Congress by America's top two emissaries in Baghdad, Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker, will provide a backdrop for the momentous decisions to come concerning whether and how to pursue victory in Iraq. Before the politicians and their constituents make such decisions about where we go from here, they should be sure to ground themselves in the facts about how we got to this point. After all, as George Santayana put it, "Those...
  • Facts for Feith - CPA history.

    03/19/2008 5:54:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 387+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 19, 2008 | L. Paul Bremer III
    March 19, 2008, 0:00 a.m. Facts for FeithCPA history. By L. Paul Bremer III A recent article in the Washington Post previewed the forthcoming book by former undersecretary of defense Douglas Feith. In his book Feith apparently alleges that I was responsible for what he calls the single biggest mistake the United States made in Iraq. He claims that I unilaterally abandoned the president’s policy, promoted by Feith and others before the war, to grant sovereignty to a group of Iraqi exiles immediately after Saddam’s defeat. On March 16, Richard Perle of the American Enterprise Institute elaborated on this...
  • Pentagon insider attacks war plan

    03/09/2008 9:09:15 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 757+ views
    Pentagon insider attacks war plan A former Pentagon official has written a book attacking Colin Powell, the CIA and other US officials over the US-led Iraq war, the Washington Post reports. As under secretary of defence until 2005 Douglas Feith was closely involved with the planning of the invasion. However, in "War and Decision", he blames officials outside the Pentagon for seriously mismanaging the invasion and occupation, the Post reports. Out next month, it is the first insider account of Pentagon decision-making. The newspaper says that Mr Feith accuses intelligence officials and the US state department, led at the time...
  • Claim: Iraq invasion was botched

    03/09/2008 10:26:09 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 46 replies · 1,928+ views
    Claim: Iraq invasion was botched From correspondents in Washington March 10, 2008 02:30am Article from: Agence France-Presse A former Pentagon official who played a key role in planning the US-led war in Iraq has written a new book accusing former top diplomat Colin Powell, the CIA and other colleagues of botching the invasion and occupation of Iraq, The Washington Post reported today. Douglas Feith, who served as under secretary of defence for policy until 2005, alleges Mr Powell as secretary of state "downplayed" the degree and urgency of Iraq's threat but was never willing to openly oppose the invasion, the...
  • Ex-Defense Official Assails Colleagues Over Run-Up to War

    03/09/2008 6:08:43 AM PDT · by RDTF · 21 replies · 1,162+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | March 9, 2008 | Thomas E. Ricks and Karen DeYoung
    In the first insider account of Pentagon decision-making on Iraq, one of the key architects of the war blasts former secretary of state Colin Powell, the CIA, retired Gen. Tommy R. Franks and former Iraq occupation chief L. Paul Bremer for mishandling the run-up to the invasion and the subsequent occupation of the country. Douglas J. Feith, in a massive score-settling work, portrays an intelligence community and a State Department that repeatedly undermined plans he developed as undersecretary of defense for policy and conspired to undercut President Bush's policies. Among the disclosures made by Feith in "War and Decision," scheduled...
  • Ex-Pentagon Analyst Sentenced to 12 Years

    01/20/2006 11:51:44 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 664+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/20/06 | Matthew Barakat - ap
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A former Pentagon analyst who gave classified information to an Israeli diplomat and two members of a pro- Israel lobbying group was sentenced Friday to more than 12 years in prison. Lawrence A. Franklin, 59, had worked with top Pentagon officials, including former undersecretary of defense for policy Douglas Feith, and has expertise on Iraq and Iran. He pleaded guilty in October to three felony counts in exchange for three other counts being dropped. In sentencing Franklin, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III said the facts of the case led him to believe that Franklin was motivated...
  • “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...
  • Inside the Inside Story [Feith Rips Tenet a New Orifice]

    05/05/2007 9:44:37 PM PDT · by Enchante · 60 replies · 2,024+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4 May 2007 | Douglas J. Feith
    Mr. Tenet's account of all this gives the reader no idea of the substance of our critique, which was that the CIA's analysts were suppressing information. They were not showing policy makers reports that justified concern about ties between Iraq and al Qaeda. Mr. Tenet does tell us that the CIA briefed Mr. Cheney on Iraq and al Qaeda in September 2002 and that the "briefing was a disaster" because "Libby and the vice president arrived with such detailed knowledge on people, sources, and timelines that the senior CIA analytic manager doing the briefing that day simply could not compete."...
  • Doug Feith Found INNOCENT-Pentagon Inspector General

    04/07/2007 10:31:01 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 3 replies · 547+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-07-07 | Scott Malensek
    A few months ago, a long-awaited investigation into former Undersecretary of Defense, Doug Feith and his Office of Special Plans was finally concluded. (Dept of Defense Inspector General Report) The Department of Defense had been asked by Democrats in Congress to see if Feith and/or his office had done anything illegal in their investigation and reports regarding the depth of ties between Al Queda and Saddam Hussein’s regime. The Department of Defense’s interim Inspector General said essentially that Feith and his office had acted inappropriately by giving the impression that they were an intelligence agency, but that they had not...
  • Feith on Trial (Pre-War Intelligence)

    02/27/2007 8:44:29 AM PST · by april15Bendovr · 17 replies · 652+ views
    National Review ^ | February 27, 2007, 0:00 a.m. | By Mario Loyola
    February 27, 2007, 0:00 a.m. Feith on Trial Facts don’t matter to Carl Levin. By Mario Loyola It is one of the oldest and dirtiest political tricks in Washington: Hurl scurrilous charges at someone and then call for investigations into his conduct. When the investigations clear your target of all wrongdoing, as they almost always do, just go on repeating the charges as if they were true. With any luck and enough of a media echo, you will succeed in creating an alternative reality in which your target is guilty simply because “everyone knows it.” To learn more about the...
  • Doug Feith Punches Back!

    02/26/2007 7:17:01 AM PST · by Viking Ski Bum · 6 replies · 675+ views ^ | February 26, 2007 | Doug Feith
    Looks like former undersecretary of defense Doug Feith is tired of being the Dem's favorite Pentagon pinata. Check this out: His website looks a little thin, but it's new. Any way this can be moved around?
  • A Word for Chris Wallace (Email from Doug Feith to Chris Wallace)

    02/25/2007 9:19:04 AM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 9 replies · 1,220+ views ^ | February 21, 2007 | Douglas J. Feith
    Here's the email I sent today to Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday: Chris - On yesterday's show, you quoted my February 11 on-air statement that my former office did not claim an operational relationship between Iraq and al Qaida. You then read from a Weekly Standard article and implied it contradicted that statement. I wish you had asked me about this matter before you aired it, because you wrongly attacked my credibility. What you quoted from the Standard was not my words. It was the magazine's interpretation of what it says was a document I sent to the Senate...
  • Douglas Feith: Tough Questions We Were Right to Ask

    02/13/2007 10:28:13 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 18 replies · 720+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Februrary 14, 2007 | Douglas Feith
    Promoters of the "Bush Lied, People Died" line claim that the recent Pentagon inspector general's report concerning my former office's work on Iraq intelligence supports their cause. What the IG actually said is a different story. The IG, Thomas Gimble, focused on a single Pentagon briefing from 2002 -- a critique of the CIA's work on the Iraq-al-Qaeda relationship. His report concluded that the work my office generated was entirely lawful and authorized, and that Sen. Carl Levin was wrong to allege that we misled Congress Gimble made Levin happy, however, by calling the Pentagon briefing "inappropriate," a word the...
  • Senator Ahab

    02/12/2007 1:56:31 AM PST · by CutePuppy · 7 replies · 1,332+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 12, 2007 | WSJ Editorial
    In a reasonable world, Douglas Feith would have received an apology late last week from Senator Carl Levin. But the obsessive Democrat won't let go of his story that the Bush Administration "politicized" pre-war Iraq intelligence no matter how many times the facts disprove it. ... The familiar accusation against Mr. Feith is that the former Undersecretary of Defense was responsible for all the government's intelligence failures on Iraq because his office had the temerity to review and critique intelligence on the relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda. His alleged pressure to find a strong link is said to have...
  • Pentagon 'twisted Iraq findings' - report [Reuters spin alert]

    02/09/2007 4:11:02 PM PST · by Enchante · 2 replies · 387+ views ^ | 02/09/07 | Roto-Rooters Staff
    Acting inspector general Thomas Gimble, who produced the classified report after one-year investigation, concluded Mr Feith was authorized by senior Pentagon officials to pursue alternative intelligence analyses and his actions were lawful. But Mr Feith's actions were sometimes "inappropriate" because they "did not clearly show the variance with the consensus of the intelligence community," an unclassified two-page executive summary of the report said
  • WaPo quasi-retracts page-one story about Feith Iraq/AQ intel

    02/09/2007 4:19:57 PM PST · by Weight of Glory · 11 replies · 806+ views
    A Feb. 9 front-page article about the Pentagon inspector general’s report regarding the office of former undersecretary of defense Douglas J. Feith incorrectly attributed quotations to that report. References to Feith’s office producing “reporting of dubious quality or reliability” and that the office “was predisposed to finding a significant relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda” were from a report issued by Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) "Got that? The big scoop was that the Pentagon itself had concluded that Feith floated bogus intel on the links between Iraq and AQ and suggested that he’d done so at Bush/Cheney’s behest. Except the...
  • WaPo Corrects Feith Scoop: Almost All the Quotes Were Wrong

    02/09/2007 4:14:49 PM PST · by bnelson44 · 70 replies · 2,378+ views
    NRO ^ | 2/9/07
    What a mess: A Feb. 9 front-page article about the Pentagon inspector general's report regarding the office of former undersecretary of defense Douglas J. Feith incorrectly attributed quotations to that report. References to Feith's office producing "reporting of dubious quality or reliability" and that the office "was predisposed to finding a significant relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda" were from a report issued by Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) in Oct. 2004. Similarly, the quotes stating that Feith's office drew on "both reliable and unreliable reporting" to produce a link between al-Qaeda and Iraq "that was much stronger than that assessed...
  • Feith Takes the Fall

    02/10/2007 10:50:03 AM PST · by La Enchiladita · 50 replies · 1,238+ views
    Time ^ | February 9, 2007 | Mark Thompson
    For a person most Americans have never heard of, Doug Feith has been called terrible names by very important people. In Plan of Attack, Bob Woodward quotes General Tommy Franks — appalled at the quality of intelligence about Iraq — railing that Feith, then the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, was "the f---king stupidest guy on the face of the earth." Today, there was another bad review. Feith got publicly slapped by the Defense Department's inspector general for developing pro-war intelligence on Iraq — outside of official channels — that now seems plainly wrong. The IG concludes that Feith's office,...
  • Douglas Feith Responds to Criticism ~ NPR Audio

    02/10/2007 10:16:43 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies · 601+ views
    NPR ^ | February 9, 2007 · | Legal Affairs ....staff?
    Day to Day, February 9, 2007 · Former Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith is under fire again. A new Pentagon report suggests that his office manipulated pre-war intelligence to heighten fears of a connection between Iraq and al-Qaida. The Senate Armed Services Committee is holding a hearing Friday on the report.
  • They Were For Dissent And Alternative Analysis Before They Were Against It

    02/09/2007 5:27:40 AM PST · by OESY · 15 replies · 548+ views
    Captains Quarters ^ | February 9, 2007 | Ed Morrissey
    The acting Inspector General of the Defense Department has issued a long-awaited report on the intelligence analysis provided by Douglas Feith during the period between 9/11 and the invasion of Iraq. According to Thomas Gimble, Feith and others did not violate laws or policies at the Department of Defense, nor did they mislead Congress -- but Gimble still concludes that their activities were "inappropriate": "A Pentagon investigation into the handling of prewar intelligence has criticized civilian Pentagon officials for conducting their own intelligence analysis to find links between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda, but said the officials did not violate...
  • 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...
  • What's a president to do?

    11/09/2005 12:45:31 PM PST · by PurpleMountains · 219+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 11/09/05 | The American Thinker
    The following article from The American Thinker puts in perspective the totality of the situation faced by President Bush as he contemplated his oath to preserve and protect us. It also gives some excellent background as to what is really going on with the Wilson-Plame-Libby situation and reveals more fully what hyenas Democrat leaders like Senators Reid, Kennedy and Durbin really are. They would destroy everyone and everything to get back their power, which is so rightfully theirs. "Suppose you were president of a country that had been hit by a massive terrorist attack that had killed 3,000 of your...
  • NYT: Pentagon Analyst Admits Sharing Secret Data (Lawrence A. Franklin)

    10/06/2005 5:52:41 AM PDT · by OESY · 11 replies · 643+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 6, 2005 | ERIC LICHTBLAU
    A senior Defense Department analyst admitted Wednesday that he shared secret military information with two pro-Israeli lobbyists and an Israeli official in an effort to create a "backchannel" to the Bush administration on Middle East policy. The analyst, Lawrence A. Franklin, pleaded guilty in federal court here to three criminal counts for improperly retaining and disclosing classified information, and he gave the first account of his motives and thinking in establishing secret liaisons with people outside the government. The offenses carry a maximum of 25 years in prison, but as part of a plea agreement, prosecutors are expected to recommend...
  • WSJ: Mr. Levin's Obsessions - A case study in the collapse of 'advice and consent.'

    08/16/2005 5:07:43 AM PDT · by OESY · 11 replies · 955+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 16, 2005 | Editorial
    ...From his perch as ranking Democrat on the Armed Services Committee, Mr. Levin has been running a one-man assault on civilian appointees fighting the war on terror. He currently has a "hold" on no fewer than four nominees selected by President Bush for key national security posts: Eric Edelman for Undersecretary of Defense of Policy, the No. 3 position at the Pentagon; Peter Flory, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy; Alice Fisher, Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Justice Department's Criminal Division; and Benjamin Powell, general counsel in the office of new Director of National Intelligence. Keep...
  • WSJ: Senate Recesses, Bush Acts - Now the Pentagon needs two more top jobs filled.

    08/03/2005 6:17:31 AM PDT · by OESY · 6 replies · 690+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 3, 2005 | Editorial
    President Bush opted again yesterday for a functioning government. Faced with an endless Senate stall, he used his recess-appointment power to install Peter Flory as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy.... [L]et us suggest that he pick up his pen to fill two even more senior positions at the Pentagon -- Gordon England to succeed Paul Wolfowitz as Deputy Secretary and Eric Edelman to replace Douglas Feith as Undersecretary for Policy, the department's No. 3. Senate Armed Services Chairman John Warner called Monday for Mr. Bush to do just that -- which we take as an admission he's...
  • Feith Says Pentagon Overdid WMD Rationale

    07/14/2005 4:22:56 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 290+ views
    AP ^ | 7/14/5 | ROBERT BURNS
    WASHINGTON -- The top policy adviser to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld says the Bush administration erred by building its public case for war against Saddam Hussein mainly on the claim that he possessed banned weapons. The comment by Douglas J. Feith, in an interview with The Associated Press, is a rare admission of error about Iraq by a senior administration official. Feith, who is leaving after four years as the undersecretary of defense for policy, said he remains convinced that President Bush was correct in deciding that war against Iraq was necessary. "I don't think there is any question...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • How conflicts between the Administration and the CIA marred the reporting on Iraq’s weapons.

    10/20/2003 5:34:06 AM PDT · by Gothmog · 51 replies · 4,434+ views
    The New Yorker ^ | 10/20/03 | Seymour Hersh
    Since midsummer, the Senate Intelligence Committee has been attempting to solve the biggest mystery of the Iraq war: the disparity between the Bush Administration’s prewar assessment of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and what has actually been discovered. The committee is concentrating on the last ten years’ worth of reports by the C.I.A. Preliminary findings, one intelligence official told me, are disquieting. “The intelligence community made all kinds of errors and handled things sloppily,” he said. The problems range from a lack of quality control to different agencies’ reporting contradictory assessments at the same time. One finding, the official went...
  • Doug Feith: On the Record

    01/29/2005 4:03:52 PM PST · by Mr.Clark · 3 replies · 490+ views
    Washington, D.C.): Under Secretary of Defense Douglas Feith's announcement Wednesday that he would return to private life brings to a close four distinguished, but grueling, years at the forefront of the War on Terror. It offers an occasion both to salute this outstanding public servant and to castigate his ever-voluble critics. Most of the reportage on Secretary Feith's departure this summer has dredged up various unsubstantiated charges that have been made against Mr. Feith and/or his subordinates. The fact that no credible evidence has yet been offered to back up any of these transparent attempts at character assassination for political...
  • DoD Announces Departure of Undersecretary Douglas Feith

    01/26/2005 3:09:24 PM PST · by RobFromGa · 6 replies · 616+ views
    Pentagon ^ | January 26, 2005 | Pentagon
    DoD Announces Departure of Undersecretary Douglas Feith             Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas J. Feith announced today that he would leave his position this summer.  As he has informed Secretary Rumsfeld, Mr. Feith made his decision for personal and family reasons.             Managing an organization of approximately 1,500 persons, Mr. Feith also represents the Department in interagency policy making on national security affairs.             Under Mr. Feith's leadership, the Defense Department's policy organization has developed a number of key initiatives relative to the Department's future, including:  defense policy advice in the global war on terror; development of a new U.S. global...
  • Now US ponders attack on Iran

    01/18/2005 7:02:23 PM PST · by Happy2BMe · 63 replies · 1,175+ views
    Julian Borger in Washington and Ian TraynorTuesday January 18, 2005The Guardian President Bush's second inauguration on Thursday will provide the signal for an intense and urgent debate in Washington over whether or when to extend the "global war on terror" to Iran, according to officials and foreign policy analysts in Washington. That debate is being driven by "neo-conservatives" at the Pentagon who emerged from the post-election Bush reshuffle unscathed, despite their involvement in collecting misleading intelligence on Iraq's weapons in the run-up to the 2003 invasion. Washington has stood aside from recent European negotiations with Iran and Pentagon hardliners are...
  • Journalist (Seymour Hersh): U.S. planning for possible attack on Iran.

    01/16/2005 8:17:42 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 71 replies · 3,078+ views
    CNN ^ | Jan. 16, 2005 | CNN
    The Bush administration has been carrying out secret reconnaissance missions to learn about nuclear, chemical and missile sites in Iran in preparation for possible airstrikes there, journalist Seymour Hersh said Sunday. The effort has been under way at least since last summer, Hersh said on CNN's "Late Edition." In an interview on the same program, White House Communications Director Dan Bartlett said the story was "riddled with inaccuracies." "I don't believe that some of the conclusions he's drawing are based on fact," Bartlett said. He said his information on Iran came from "inside" sources who divulged it in the hope...
  • NYT: Pentagon Weighs Use of Deception in a Broad Arena -- Value of Disinformation

    12/13/2004 6:07:45 AM PST · by OESY · 10 replies · 882+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 13, 2004 | THOM SHANKER and ERIC SCHMITT
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 - The Pentagon is engaged in bitter, high-level debate over how far it can and should go in managing or manipulating information to influence opinion abroad, senior Defense Department civilians and military officers say. Such missions, if approved, could take the deceptive techniques endorsed for use on the battlefield to confuse an adversary and adopt them for covert propaganda campaigns aimed at neutral and even allied nations. Critics of the proposals say such deceptive missions could shatter the Pentagon's credibility, leaving the American public and a world audience skeptical of anything the Defense Department and military say...
  • Pentagon Ousts Official Under FBI Investigation [Shaw: Russians took 380 tons, friends got deals]

    12/11/2004 8:01:47 AM PST · by Mike Fieschko · 18 replies · 910+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Dec 11, 2004 | T. Christian Miller
    <p>WASHINGTON — A senior Defense official placed under investigation by the FBI (news - web sites) on allegations that he tried to steer Iraqi reconstruction contracts toward friends has been removed from office, Pentagon (news - web sites) officials confirmed Friday.</p>
  • WSJ: Moby Feith (Sen. Levin's obsessive and dishonest pursuit of Doug Feith)

    10/25/2004 5:23:28 AM PDT · by OESY · 2 replies · 431+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 25, 2004 | Editorial
    ...In Mr. Levin's telling, Mr. Feith is the Pentagon mastermind who cooked up false intelligence reports.... In doing so he had to ignore the conclusions of another report to which he also signed his name. The Senate Intelligence Committee, on which Mr. Levin serves, scrutinized the same set of events and issued a unanimous report in July completely exonerating Mr. Feith and his team. ...But the broad point -- that Mr. Feith's team concocted intelligence -- is preposterous. Early in 2002 a career-service analyst working on Mr. Feith's staff of 1,500 came across some old intelligence reports from 1995-'96 pointing...
  • The Spies Who Aren't

    09/20/2004 10:30:45 PM PDT · by rmlew · 12 replies · 680+ views
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | September 17, 2004 | Joel Mowbray
    The past couple weeks have seen a swirl of anonymous allegations of supposed spying and espionage, including implications that the Pentagon civilian staff might be teeming with double agents for the Jewish state. Thing is, almost none of it is true. Beyond mishandling of classified documents—not an inconsequential offense, to be sure—every other accusation leveled by unnamed State Department and intelligence officials appears part of a carefully calculated campaign to question the loyalty of several Pentagon civilian employees by name, as well as a much larger group by implication. According to someone with intimate knowledge of the draft presidential directive...
  • Neocons Blast Bush's Inaction On 'Spy' Affair

    09/10/2004 10:52:36 AM PDT · by ElkCounty · 17 replies · 1,056+ views
    Forward ^ | September 10th, 2004 | Marc Perelman
    In an indication of their growing estrangement with the Bush administration, neoconservatives are slamming the White House for failing to stop what they describe as an antisemitic campaign to marginalize them being conducted by the CIA and the State Department. This view was outlined in a memo circulating among neoconservative foreign policy analysts in Washington. Obtained by the Forward, the memo criticizes the White House for not refuting press reports on the FBI's investigation of Pentagon analyst Lawrence Franklin that suggest wrongdoing on the part of Jewish officials at the Defense Department. "If there is any truth to any of...
  • The Children of Beslan

    09/07/2004 5:56:28 AM PDT · by OESY · 26 replies · 1,477+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 7, 2004 | Editorial
    ...The official death toll at School No. 1 in Beslan stood yesterday at 335, more than one-tenth the number who died in the terrorist attacks on America three years ago this week.... Before their slaughter, by rigged explosives or sniper fire, their captors denied them so much as a sip of water. The depravity of this is hard to believe, but believe it we must. For it is the new reality of this current age in which innocents are specifically targeted by Muslim terrorists in the name of some Islamic cause. In Russia, the murderers were Chechens, aided by Arabs...
  • Leak Inquiry Includes Iran Experts in Administration

    09/03/2004 10:47:02 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 3 replies · 525+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Saturday, September 4, 2004 | Robin Wright and Dan Eggen
    FBI counterintelligence investigators have in recent weeks questioned current and former U.S. officials about whether a small group of Iran specialists at the Pentagon and in Vice President Cheney's office may have been involved in passing classified information to an Iraqi politician or a U.S. lobbying group allied with Israel, according to sources familiar with or involved in the case. In their interviews, the FBI agents have also named two Israeli diplomats stationed in Washington and asked whether they would be willing recipients of sensitive intelligence, the sources added. The investigators have asked questions about personnel in the office of...
  • A Spy for Israel?

    09/01/2004 5:27:44 AM PDT · by OESY · 2 replies · 389+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 1, 2004 | Editorial
    ...It's hard to see behind the veil of classification, but on current evidence this is not another Jonathan Pollard, the bona fide spy still in jail for spilling U.S. secrets to Israel in the 1980s. Nor is it part of a Zionist conspiracy run by Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith, whose photograph seems to accompany every news report. As of this writing, no charges have been brought against Lawrence Franklin, a mid-level Pentagon analyst suspected of passing to Israel classified documents on Iran via Aipac, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Israel denies it, Aipac denies it, and Mr. Franklin...