posted on May, 24 2004 @ 04:57 PM
How bad can things get? One the favorite of the Bush Administration excuse to go to war with Iraq yet to be named new leader of the conquered country,
Ahmad Chalabi’s fall from grace this week was breathtakingly dramatic. Chalabi's largest backer was senior Pentagon adviser Richard Perle, a major
advocate of going to war with Iraq. Instead of admitting the egregious error in handing this power-mad exile so much money and power, Perle defended
him to the end.
Yesterday, in a rare display of ‘sour grapes’, Perle said, "The CIA despises Chalabi; the State Department despises him. They did everything they
could to put him out of business. Now there is a deliberate effort to marginalize him." Perle added, "He has devoted his life to freeing his
country...He is a man of enormous intelligence, and I believe the effort to marginalize him will fail. They will end up looking ridiculous."
The in-fighting of the Bush Administration suggest a government without leadership and one out of control. To compound matters, The WSJ reports,
“Recent intelligence, including communications intercepts, suggest Chalabi...provided contacts in Tehran with details of U.S. security operations and
political plans, the officials said." (Note the high government officials go unnamed once again
As the rest of the squalid Chalabi story unfolds, here's the question to ask: How did Chalabi get the top secret information in the first place? An
interesting and perplexing question with may now compound the problems for the Bush Administration.
The FBI is investigating, but their main interest “is not in Chalabi," said an FBI official. "Our interest is in how he got the information" that
he allegedly gave to Iran. "He wasn't privy to information about our operatives and I don't think we'd trust the guy with the kind of secrets that
would get our people killed," he said.
What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!