Douglas Feith, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy from 2001-05, provided falsified and inaccurate intelligence reports to the Secretary of Defense
regarding pre-invasion Iraq and its connections to Al Qaeda. These false reports were used to help make a case for the invasion of Iraq.
Former U.S. defense policy chief Douglas Feith presented the White House with claims of a “mature symbiotic relationship” between Iraq and al
Qaeda as if they were facts, while ignoring contradictory views from the intelligence community, the report by the Pentagon inspector general said.
A claim by Feith’s office that September 11 hijacking ringleader Mohamed Atta met with an Iraqi official months before the 2001 attacks could not be
verified by intelligence, he said.
As a result, Feith’s office “did not provide ‘the most accurate analysis of intelligence’ to senior decision-makers,” it said.
Top administration officials including Cheney used claims of an Iraq-Qaeda relationship to suggest Saddam could have had a role in the September 11
attacks on New York and Washington.
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Well, there it is.
This Feith character falsely concluded - quote 'reporting of dubious quality or reliability'
- in his reports that there was a strong link
between Saddam's Iraq and Al Qaeda.
Also, his reports falsely concluded that an Al Qaeda 9/11 hijacker met with an Iraqi intelligence officer in Prague, a meeting which the Pentagon has
since found did not happen.
And has anyone heard of the OSP? This is the Office of Special Plans, a secret Pentagon initiative authorized by Feith whose role was to find
information that fitted in with the administrations anti-Iraq policy. The OSP 'lied and manipulated intelligence to further its agenda of removing
according to one Larry Johnson, a former CIA officer.
And this isn't mentioning all the claims the U.S. government made about a continuing Iraqi nuclear weapons program, even after reading the definitive
reports made by the International Atomic Energy Agency saying that there was no way Iraq could make the weapons grade material and the reports from
the U.S. intelligence community testifying to that fact
Feith also authorized back channel meetings with many a foreign national - a number of which were involved in the
affair - to support the WMD claim.
The WMD claim and the so called 'Iraqi links with terrorism' were the two main reasons the U.S. invaded Iraq. And as you can quite plainly see, both
were fabricated. Fabricated. False.
Look it all up yourself. You will have some very eye-opening reads.
Iraq presented no threat to the U.S. with regard to nuclear weapons, because they did not have any (as the IAEA and U.S. intel community knew but it
would seem the administration did not), and the purported links between Iraq and terrorist cells were made up by Feith.
I see the invasion of Iraq as a battle in a larger war, and as a battle that did not need to be fought.
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