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March 17, 2004

Those gullible Americans

The Times today has a Knight-Ridder story about the Iraqi exiles feeding false information to Western media before the war. A gullible media gobbled it up. The Bush administration made much use of these stories; vice president Cheney said the government got more intellegence from the exiles than from its own intelligence service.

There were stories that Iraq had cooperated for years with al Qaida, that it had played a role in the 9-11 attacks, that it had biowar plants disguised as milk trucks, etc.

The problem is that stories now turn out to be lies, apparently spread by exiles who wanted America’s help in getting rid of Saddam Hussein. Our officials apparently believed these lies because they wanted to believe them.

Chief among these Iraqis has been Ahmad Chalabi, head of the Iraqi National Congress (which is not Iraq’s Congress.) When asked about the falsehoods by the British media, Chalabi famously said: “As far as we're concerned we've been entirely successful. That tyrant Saddam is gone and the Americans are in Baghdad. What was said before is not important. The Bush administration is looking for a scapegoat. We're ready to fall on our swords if he wants.”

Chalabi now claims he was misquoted. The article “implies that I admitted to disseminating false information, this is absolutely untrue," Chalabi wrote the Telegraph. Well, that he disseminated false information is not a mere opinion. It is a fact. And the article implies more than that. It implies that he sold the American government a lie for political purposes of his own.

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Posted by Bruce Ramsey at March 17, 2004 01:30 PM



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