The half-hearted effort by the MSM and congress to reveal that the rationale for the Iraq war was based on LIES – not “bad intelligence”.
Of course they’re being somewhat disingenuous by not delving more into Douglas Feith’s background – so I will.
CIA doubts didn’t deter Feith’s team
Intelligence agencies disagreed with many of its prewar findings.
February 10, 2007
WASHINGTON - As the Bush administration began assembling its case for war, analysts across the U.S. intelligence community were disturbed by the report of a secretive Pentagon team that concluded Iraq had significant ties to Al Qaeda…
The work of that special Pentagon unit - which was run by former Undersecretary of Defense Douglas J. Feith - is one of the lingering symbols of the intelligence failures leading up to the war in Iraq…
Of course this was all old news to anyone who cared to listen. Thanks again “liberal media” for not making a big issue of this BEFORE the 2004 election.
Gen. Zinni: ‘They’ve Screwed Up’
May 21, 2004
…Zinni believes this was a war the generals didn’t want - but it was a war the civilians wanted…
Zinni says he blames the Pentagon for what happened. “I blame the civilian leadership of the Pentagon directly. Because if they were given the responsibility, and if this was their war, and by everything that I understand, they promoted it and pushed it - certain elements in there certainly - even to the point of creating their own intelligence to match their needs, then they should bear the responsibility,” he says…
Who specifically is he talking about?..
Zinni is talking about a group of policymakers within the administration known as “the neo-conservatives” who saw the invasion of Iraq as a way to stabilize American interests in the region and strengthen the position of Israel.
They include Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz; Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith; Former Defense Policy Board member Richard Perle; National Security Council member Eliot Abrams; and Vice President Cheney’s chief of staff, Lewis “Scooter” Libby.
Zinni believes they are political ideologues who have hijacked American policy in Iraq.
“I think it’s the worst kept secret in Washington. That everybody - everybody I talk to in Washington has known and fully knows what their agenda was and what they were trying to do,” says Zinni…
Like father, like son…
Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith
Feith left Defense in mid-1986 to found the Feith & Zell law firm, based initially in Israel, whose clients included major military contractor Northrup Grumman…
In October 1997, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) honored Feith and his father, Dalck Feith, at its annual dinner. The organization praised the Feiths as “noted Jewish philanthropists and pro-Israel activists” and awarded Dalck a Centennial Award “for his lifetime of service to Israel and the Jewish people,” while Douglas received the “prestigious Louis D. Brandeis Award.”
Before he immigrated to the United States during World War II, Dalck Feith was a militant member of Betar, a Zionist youth movement founded by Ze’ev Jabotinsky, an admirer of Mussolini. Betar, whose members wore dark brown uniforms and spouted militaristic slogans modeled after other fascistic movements, was associated with the Revisionist Movement, which evolved in Poland to become the Herut Party, which later became the Likud Party…
Louis D. Brandeis Award
The Zionist Organization of America issues a Louis D. Brandeis Award, as Brandeis was a President of the ZOA from 1914 to 1920, concurrently with the beginning of his Supreme Court term. The award is the highest honor given by the ZOA, and goes to individuals "who, in the tradition of Justice Brandeis, demonstrate outstanding dedication and service to Israel, the Jewish people, and the community."
“[Feith] the fucking stupidest guy on the face of the earth.”
-Gen. Tommy Franks in Bob Woodward’s Plan of Attack