Joel Mowbray

The stability side is embodied by State Department diplomats, but it is almost as deeply held by ?intelligence officials? (not just CIA, but also State), and even by many of the top brass in the uniformed military. 

It is a view that is ?safe,? inasmuch as it has been the American approach to foreign policy for decades and it remains the conventional wisdom among the ?experts.?

It is also the view that helped shape the world before 9/11.

The relatively small number of Bush political appointees among the foreign policy team inside the administration?the overwhelming majority of whom are careerists, particularly at State and CIA?are perceived as a grave threat because their worldview is such an anathema to the established stability-above-all-else orthodoxy.

Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage has even led intimidation campaigns to scare his policy opponents into submission, threatening people with termination, among other tactics. 

Now the bullying continues.  With a well-orchestrated media campaign that most PR mavens could only hope to emulate, State and the CIA have already started sullying the good names of administration hawks with anonymous quotes.

Tellingly, though, none of the accusations leveled in the press against the administration hawks have been deemed important enough to bring to the attention of the White House.

The allegations against Chalabi have not been characterized even in the simplest terms, other than that he gave to Iran, in the words of the aforementioned New York Times article, a ?wide array? of ?highly classified? secrets.  Yet why is there smear without substance?  Why not even give the basics of his alleged wrongdoing?

But perhaps the most important question that must be asked is: why are ostensibly secretive ?intelligence officials? waging such a high-profile public smear campaign?

Joel Mowbray

Joel Mowbray, who got his start with, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.

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