Saturday, February 10, 2007

Feith falsified intel

As my dear departed friend Acidman might* have said, "alternate intelligence" my aching ass. I call bullshit on that.
The inspector general’s report found that while the Feith team did not violate any laws or knowingly mislead Congress, it made dubious interpretations of intelligence reports and shared them with senior officials without making clear that its findings had already been discounted or discredited by the main intelligence agencies.

“The actions, in our opinion, were inappropriate, given that all the products did not clearly show the variance with the consensus of the intel community, and in some cases were shown as intel products,” Mr. Gimble told the Armed Services Committee in a hearing on Friday.
Dubious interpretations? Inappropriate? Did not clearly show the variance? How is that not deliberately misleading Congress? This is not rocket science. The man lied and should be prosecuted for it.

And he didn't do it because he woke up one day and said to himself, "Gee, I think I'll go cook up a little intel today and start a war." I'd sure like to know who signed off on that little project. Wouldn't you? Because that "alternate intelligence" has already cost us thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of tax dollars and there's no end in sight. If that's not illegal, it certainly should be.

Update: It appears that Feith is not only a liar, but he's criminally stupid too.

* - Acidman never would have said that about Feith - he was a big Bush supporter. But he did often use the phrase; may he rest in peace.
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Blogger Dan Collins said...

Are you talking about the way WaPo reported Levin, Libby?

9:46:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

No. Should I be?

10:34:00 PM  
Blogger Dan Collins said...

Well, as it turns out, you are. Because the NYT is basing their story on an account that the WaPo had to overhaul today. It turns out that what we've got is Carl Levin pushing the report that Carl Levin made, and it's being misattributed to the intelligence community.

WaPo retracted, but the meme's out there, and has a life of its own. It would be interesting to find out how Clinton's people came to the same conclusions as Bush, I think.

11:24:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Jebus. Is it too much to ask to leave a link? I saw some reference to that but got distracted by the swarm's latest false meme about Pelosi asking for a "flying Lincoln bedroom." It's such a PITA to have to go find it. But having now read the correction, I wonder if you have. The quotes I used were from the IG's report. It wasn't a retraction. It was a correction. Whatever language they were correcting was farther into the article and it wasn't all that dissimilar anyway. It simply stated the obvious a little more strongly.

I don't get it Dan. I know you're not stupid. Any intelligent person who follows the news as you do has got to see the preponderence of evidence that has accumulated in the last couple of years. Of course, Feith lied. Bush lied. Cheney lied. They all freaking lied and they're still lying to us. Why doesn't that piss you off?

11:53:00 PM  
Blogger Dan Collins said...

All right. Let's stipulate that's true. Did Clinton's people lie, too?

12:09:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Sure they lied about something. So did Kennedy. So did Reagan. So did Bush the elder. They all lie. They all pissed me off. So effing what? They're not president anymore and they didn't use their lies to get us into a godawful mess with no way out and they didn't use their lies to strip us of our civil liberties and declare themselves effing sovereign entities above the law.

I ask you again, why doesn't that piss you off? You guys are fond of accusing my side of Bush derangement syndrome. I'd suggest your side suffers from irrational Bush loyalty. What has he accomplished that has earned that kind of respect from you?

1:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dan- you are missing the big picture here. the guy did something very dangerous with this information and it was used to create a false argument for a war that has, not coincidentally, been a disaster. forget levin and clinton.

9:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Acidman wasn't a "Bush supporter" - he just didn't trust the Democrats. He called 'em like he saw 'em, on either side of the aisle.

Damn, I miss that guy.

11:12:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Hey Joe. I thought I remembered that he rather admired Bush but nonetheless, I really still miss him too.

4:20:00 PM  

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