Hey guys. I miss anything major this week?
Kidding. I kept up as much as I could while on the road, and guess what happened? People decided that this guy I edited a book about a year and a half ago should be held accountable for his actions after all:
Gimble said that while the actions of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy “were not illegal or unauthorized,” they “did not provide the most accurate analysis of intelligence to senior decision makers” at a time when the White House was moving toward war with Iraq. (Read the unclassified portion of the report — PDF)
“I can’t think of a more devastating commentary,” said Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin, D-Michigan.
He cited Gimble’s findings that Feith’s office was, despite doubts expressed by the intelligence community, pushing conclusions that September 11 hijacker Mohammed Atta had met an Iraqi intelligence officer in Prague five months before the attack, and that there were “multiple areas of cooperation” between Iraq and al Qaeda, including shared pursuit of weapons of mass destruction. (Watch Feith fight back Video)
“That was the argument that was used to make the sale to the American people about the need to go to war,” Levin said in an interview Thursday. He said the Pentagon’s work, “which was wrong, which was distorted, which was inappropriate … is something which is highly disturbing.”
Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Missouri, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said Friday the report “clearly shows that Doug Feith and others in that office exercised extremely poor judgment for which our nation, and our service members in particular, are paying a terrible price.”
I’ll be on these radio shows this week to discuss the things we knew 18 months ago, which the American public is just now discovering:
Evening with Guy Rathbun
Feb. 21 – Wednesday 6:30p.m.
KCBX FM 90
San Luis Obispo, California
Archived at the KCBX home page and podcast on the NPR home page.
Charlottesville—Right Now hosted by Coy Barefoot
Feb. 22 – Thursday, 4:00p.m.
News Radio 1070 WINA
So listen in if you get a chance. And if you don’t have the book yet, pick it up. It’s about to get very important.