January 29, 2005


Feith Resigns Under Pressure of Investigations (Juan Cole, 1/29/05, Informed Comment)

Douglas Feith, the number three man at the Pentagon who went there from the pro-Likud Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA) and the Project for a New American Century, will leave the Pentagon as of this summer. Feith's office is the subject of an FBI investigation as well as two Congressional investigations, one by the Senate Intelligence Committee. Feith helped set up an Office of Special Plans in the Near East and South Asia desk of the Pentagon to cherry-pick Iraq intelligence and create a case for Iraq having weapons of mass destruction and having operational links with al-Qaeda. At one point, contrary to Federal law, Feith's people actually briefed officials in the Executive on intelligence. Feith sent David Wurmser from the Office of Special Plans, once its work was well under way, over to the staff of Vice President Dick Cheney, so that he could stove pipe OSP analyses into the VP's office and thence directly to the president, doing an end run around the CIA and the State Department Intelligence and Research division.

Having a Likudnik as the number three man in the Pentagon is a nightmare for American national security, since Feith could never be trusted to put US interests over those of Ariel Sharon.

In the first instance, it seems improbable that if there truly is a law that forbids one of the President's staffers to brief him it could conceivably be constitutional. In the second though, it's no surprise to see the Left resurrect the old canard about the dual loyalty of Jews. Of course, if such a notion has any validity it more than justifies Manzanar and the prospective round up Muslim Americans.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 29, 2005 1:16 PM

I heard an NPR story this week on the Iraqi elections. They interviewed Juan Cole, but somehow didn't introduce him as a far-left America-hating anti-semite, but rather simply as "professor of Middle Eastern and South Asian history at the University of Michigan." Oh, my mistake, I see that they did disclose his biases. Never mind.

Posted by: David Cohen at January 29, 2005 3:59 PM

It would be nice if the people who got all bent out of shape over Bob Jones Univ got as exorcised over Northwestern, Michigan and Columbia which are nests of Jew-hatred.

Posted by: Bart at January 29, 2005 5:53 PM

So the Iraqi elections are just one big LIKUD plot.

Those wascally Zionists!!

(Which should end any confusion as to why the progressive branch of the human race is so ambivalent about these elections and why those Iraqi freedom fighters, with apparent support from all kinds of intellectuals, academics and "documentary film" auteurs, are so keen on blowing up Iraqi voters.)

Posted by: Barry Meislin at January 30, 2005 2:23 AM

Were Brzezinski and Kissinger beyond suspician because of their accents? (The Strangelove phenomenon.) It now appears that Henry Wallace may have been the most destructive civil servant in the World War II era(records of his top aide turned up in the early-1990s opening of KGB files.) Yet Henry's genealogy goes back several generations in this great US of A, if not his sentiments. Go figure.

Posted by: LarryH at January 30, 2005 7:33 AM

I don't think Wallace was an evil man, just a naive dupe, kind of a more honorable Jimmy Carter. Whereas Carter tried to portray himself as an everyman, while participating in Club of Rome meetings as governor of Georgia, Wallace never really was anything but an ag professor from Iowa who had a really good idea for seed.

The evildoers were those insiders who wanted him in the White House where he would have been a complete disaster.

Posted by: Bart at January 30, 2005 4:45 PM

Bart: Why? (I ask because I know very little about Henry Wallace).

Posted by: Dave W. at January 31, 2005 11:56 AM