Rejected Title: ‘If I Did It’

Via caliph garrett in comments, Dougie Feith blames the dog for eating his war:

Among the disclosures made by Feith in “War and Decision,” scheduled for release next month by HarperCollins, is Bush’s declaration, at a Dec. 18, 2002, National Security Council meeting, that “war is inevitable.” The statement came weeks before U.N. weapons inspectors reported their initial findings on Iraq and months before Bush delivered an ultimatum to Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Feith, who says he took notes at the meeting, registered it as a “momentous comment.”


Others have criticized Feith’s plan as relying too heavily on Iraqi exile politicians, including Ahmed Chalabi. Feith says that he considered Chalabi one of the most astute and democratically minded Iraqis but that he had no special brief for him. Instead, he charges that the State Department, the CIA and the military’s Central Command were pathologically opposed to the exiles and to Chalabi in particular.


In summarizing his view of what went wrong in Iraq, Feith writes that it was a mistake for the administration to rely so heavily on intelligence reports of Hussein’s alleged stockpiles of biological and chemical weapons and a nuclear weapons program, not only because they turned out to be wrong but also because secret information was not necessary to understand the threat Hussein posed.

Hussein’s history of aggression and disregard of U.N. resolutions, his past use of weapons of mass destruction and the fact that he was “a bloodthirsty megalomaniac” were enough, Feith maintains.

Irony. Whenever I think they’ve finally killed it, it rises from its grave to gnaw the Republic once more.

To say anything more than that this man should be in chains locked in a cell papered with pictures of the men, women and children his work helped to kill is to dignify him beyond his station.


4 thoughts on “Rejected Title: ‘If I Did It’

  1. When talking about Feith’s book I expect the media to interview the woman who put together a compilation of those who saw through Feith’s BS. Who better to comment on his book than her? She can point out what his public actions and words were vs. what he wants to say now as he is trying to revise history. If you are going to do ANY X vs. Y story as part of your review you MUST talk to her, otherwise you aren’t being fair to the whole story. Especially since the people that he is blaming won’t necessarily be able to say, “I did NOT do that!”
    Be sure to call or email:
    Athenae aka Allison Hantschel to get her take on this. Her book isSpecial Plans: The Blogs on Douglas Feith & the Faulty Intelligence That Led to War

    Special Plans: The Blogs on Douglas Feith & the Faulty Intelligence That Led to War
    Athenae is the outside observer who has an opinion on Feith based on research and the historical record. I know you might want to find some mythical “neutral” person but maybe for a change you could report on Feith’s story in the book with someone other than the usual suspects.

  2. What part of invading iraq and not guarding the nuclear dumps or the high-explosives dumps or the cultural relics or the UN building or the journalists, or the young mothers who needed refrigeration, or the troops who needed body armor, or armored vehicles or helmets or ammunition or drinkable water…
    The list just goes on an on. ‘Doug Feith’ should be the label on someone hanging from the neck. It is that simple.

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