Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Blogging Gold

You know it's going to be a target rich environment for blogging when the first newspaper you check in the morning contains an Op-Ed by "the fucking stupidest guy on the face of the planet", Douglas Feith.

Feith takes to the pages of the Washington Post to defend the work he did at his previous office where he pushed the Iraq - al-Queda relationship meme. Didn't get it then, doesn't get it now. From the Washington Post:

In evaluating our policy toward Iraq after Sept. 11, 2001, my office realized that CIA analysts were suppressing some of their information. They excluded reports conflicting with their favored theory: that the secular Iraqi Baathist regime would not cooperate with al-Qaeda jihadists. (We now face a strategic alliance of jihadists and former Baathists in Iraq.)

What Feith is suggesting with his little aside is that he was right all along. He conveniently leaves out the events of the last five years, events that he helped foment with the help of the other neocon nitwits which has brought us to a place where former Baathists will now ally with jihadists.

Look, before we got there, there was no Iraq - al-Qaeda relationship. The Baathists would have never considered an alliance with al-Qaeda because they were firmly in charge of the place getting fat on oil wealth. Why on earth would they invite in a bunch of nut jobs who would eventually threaten their way of life. They wouldn't, they didn't.

Now, however they will because after years of being on top, they're on the outside looking in. It's that same old the enemy of my enemy is my friend kind of thing. Is this too difficult to understand? Al-Qaeda is in Iraq because we let them in. It is our fault for upsetting the applecart and creating bedlam in a country that was in no way a direct or indirect threat to the US.

Yes, I understand that even the Clenis had similar thinkings about Saddam Hussein. He just wasn't dumb enough to send in ground troops when the situation was clearly contained. Feith and his brethren were that stupid and now he whines in the WAPO when it is pointed out for all to see in a report by the Pentagon's Inspector General.

Feith now claims this is all political. To a degree he's right, but only because the folks on his side of the aisle are complicit in this administrations failures by refusing to point them out. Just because his detractors are of the opposite party from his doesn't make him any less of a fuck-up. That distinction he earned all on his own.

Douglas Feith, still the fucking stupidest guy on the face of the planet.

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