Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Another Name To Know: Doug Feith

This is the guy General Tommy Franks called the stupidest man alive.


Blogger The Donkey said...

The Donkey found most of this information in Wikipeda articles and a few other sources. The following are paragraphs, cut from Wikipedia aranged in a sort of time line by the donkey.

Feith first entered government as a Middle East specialist on the National Security Council (NSC) under Ronald Reagan in 1981, but was abruptly fired after only one year. Perle, who was then serving in The Pentagon as Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security, however, hired him as his deputy, a post he retained until leaving in 1986 to found Feith & Zell. Feith's former law partner, L. Marc Zell, is a spokesman for the Jewish settlers' movement in the West Bank, and is known to have collaborated with Salem Chalabi (Ahmed Chalabi's nephew) in Baghdad to help interested companies win contracts for reconstruction projects. Douglas Feith argued during the Reagan administration that Geneva Convention guarantees should not be extended to terrorists who mingled with civilians. In 2001 this policy was endorsed by Defense Department counsel and implemented, and led to the designation of Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters as "enemy combatants" or "unlawful combatants" rather than as "prisoners of war."

In 1999, Feith and Perle signed an open letter to President Bill Clinton calling for the United States to work with Ahmed Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress (INC) to oust Saddam Hussein. Chalabi had been accused by the interim government of having given information to the Iranians, but these charges have been dropped due to lack of evidence.
In August 2002, Feith and DIA analyst Chris Carney discuss Iraq's alleged ties to al-Qaeda to the CIA. CIA analysts immediately recognize that the Feith's allegations comes from discredited sources. The information will nevertheless be included in speeches by George W. Bush and in CIA director George J. Tenet's Congressional testimony. Feith distributes a classified memo to the Senate Intelligence Committee based on this information, and the memo is later leaked to the Weekly Standard, a neoconservative magazine.
The Office of Special Plans, which existed from September, 2002, to June, 2003, was a Pentagon unit created by Donald Rumsfeld and led by Douglas Feith, dealing with intelligence on Iraq. [OSP] was created in order to find evidence of what Wolfowitz and his boss, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, believed to be true—that Saddam Hussein had close ties to Al Qaeda, and that Iraq had an enormous arsenal of chemical, biological, and possibly even nuclear weapons that threatened the region and, potentially, the United States In an interview with the Scottish Sunday Herald, former CIA officer Larry Johnson said the OSP was "dangerous for US national security and a threat to world peace. [The OSP] lied and manipulated intelligence to further its agenda of removing Saddam. It's a group of ideologues with pre-determined notions of truth and reality. They take bits of intelligence to support their agenda and ignore anything contrary. They should be eliminated." Feith led the Northern Gulf Affairs Office, renamed from Office of Special Plans.
In early August 2003, Colin Powell had complained directly to Donald Rumsfeld and Condoleezza Rice about Feith conducting missions that were contrary to official U.S. policy. His complaint was in regards to the June 2003 meeting; an earlier meeting that was held with Ghorbanifar in Rome, Italy in mid-December, 2001; and a meeting in Rome in June 2002 that Ghorbanifar arranged with Harold Rhode but did not attend, consisting of an Egyptian, an Iraqi and a Pentagon official.
The FBI had uncovered a spy, Larry Franklin, working as a policy analyst under Douglas Feith and Paul Wolfowitz. Larry Franklin, who had previously served as an attaché at the US embassy in Israel and was one of two mid-level Pentagon officials in the Office of the Secretary of Defense responsible for Iran policy in the office's Northern Gulf directorate. He has since been demoted within the Defense Department and no longer has his previous security privileges
Franklin has pled guilty to passing on a classified Presidential Directive, and other sensitive documents pertaining to US deliberations on foreign policy regarding Iran, to a pro-Israel lobbying group, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), who in turn allegedly provided the information to Israel.

When Feith left the DOD, Rumsfeld said :
"Years from now, unfortunately it may be many years, accurate accounts of what’s taking place these past four years will be written and it will show that Doug Feith has performed his duties with great dedication, with impressive skill and with remarkable vision during this perilous and indeed momentous period in the life of our country."

12:14 AM, November 09, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Donkey

This is the kind of thing you are invaluable for. NOT as funny as the insults, but, certainly more informative. Thank you.

If I am not mistaken, Feith is, or at least WAS involved with the new "military channel" whose purpose is, of course, to glamorize war and weapons and get gullible kids to enlist.


7:40 AM, November 09, 2005  
Blogger Ron said...

Donkey, Thanks for taking the time to do that. Isn't it odd that the ditto repeaters on the right feel it unnecessary to investigate.
I have repeatedly on games blog told him to google ahmed chalibi, iraqi national congress, office of special plans and white house iraqi group to find out where bush lied. he apparently is uncurious.

4:31 PM, November 19, 2005  

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