Saturday, February 10, 2007
Douglas Feith is flustered:
Check out the audio of the interview
of Douglas Feith conducted by NPR's Day to Day. He's not cocky. He's having trouble defending himself from charges of cooking intelligence
Transcript of NPR interview here
Welllllll, no defender of Feith and this administration, but it is nice to hear anyone, someone invoke valid, public emotions in defense of themselves. Clearly, Feith was the front-man in Cheney's administration to shape and manipulate the pre-war intelligence into a marketable scheme for the war that followed. Just as clearly, the Cheney administration will continue to sacrifice Douglas Feith as more than convenient scapegoat. The latter phenomenon raises the following question. How can such intelligent people continue to participate in the dishonest and malevolent schemes of this administration without recognizing that as willing and unwitting dupes their loyalty and fealty will not be returned in kind when the administration collapses and an accounting must be made. So, yes, we should be able to understand Douglas Feith's panic because he is now isolated on the left and on the right, but most signicantly by the administration that used him.
Anon: Yes, I agree with much of your comment. I made the post because it was surprising, and rare these days, to hear somebody from the administration not exhibiting the cool implacability that we've seen over the years (Cheney, John Yoo, et al).
So the Bush administration is "cooking the books" when it independently re-evaluates CIA analysis and decides that the CIA is producing unreliable intelligence based on faulty assumptions. Isn't that what the left has been claiming all along? Yet it is a scandal to find out that the White House doesn't trust the CIA's assumptions either and independently re-evaluates the underlying data?
So, the CIA are a bunch of Keystone Kops on the one hand, yet it is inappropriate for the administration to deviate from their sacred assumptions and findings?
Of course it doesn't make sense. It's all about getting the talking-words "cooking intelligence" into circulation.
Another day, another new way of aiding the enemy, which has been done, so the story has served its purpose.