Neocons Still Love Chalabi

From Holden:

American Enterprise Institute resident scholar Michael Rubin was interviewed today by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation regarding the arrest warrants issued for Ahmed and Salem Chalabi:

MICHAEL RUBIN: It’s clear it’s part of the vendetta. To really get to the heart of it you have to know who the issuing judge is. The guy’s name is Zuhair al-Maliky. The other judge…. to put it in the American context, Zuhair al-Maliky is the Al Sharpton of Iraq.

He’s a judge that constantly goes after headlines and seldom has evidence with which to back up the charges he makes to the point that many of the other judges have completely disowned themselves from him. Prior to the American liberation, he wasn’t even a judge.

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MICHAEL RUBIN: No actually, it could have a silver lining to this cloud, the reason being that Iraqis I think will see this as a sham and it will raise real questions in their views, because I think the Sydney Morning Herald had reported, there are allegations that the Prime Minister Iyad Allawi had personally executed prisoners.

Those aren’t being investigated and yet Salem Chalabi, who is in charge of the tribunal trying Saddam Hussein and the former Baathists, is being arrested on a trumped up murder charge. I mean, it’s absolutely ridiculous and I believe that Iraqis will see it as that.

A little background on Michael Rubin, please:

Between 2002 and 2004, Rubin worked as a staff adviser for Iran and Iraq in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, in which capacity he was seconded to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. Rubin was assigned to the Pentagon’s Office of Special Plans, which was fold [sic] into the Northern Gulf Affairs Office after the unit was implicated in cooking intelligence information to justify the Iraq war and occupation.

Meanwhile, Ahmed Chalabi is in Iran, conferring with his masters I suppose, while Salem Chalabi is in London where he had this to say:

Salem Chalabi, the chief of the Iraqi tribunal that will try Saddam Hussein for war crimes, said in London today that he won’t return to Iraq to face murder charges until his safety can be assured.

“I plan on returning; I just want to get assurances that I will not be killed in a jail or something,” Chalabi said in an radio interview with the British Broadcasting Corp.

I suppose fleeing the country and failing to return to face charges leveled against you is a Chalabi family tradition.