The editorial reported that Gen. Myers, back in March, had requested a review of intelligence provided by five Iraqi political organizations, including the INC. The answer to the Joint Chiefs Chairman was that intelligence from Chalabi?s group ?proved to be head and shoulders above the information provided by the other four organizations.?
Compare that to the New York Times? editorial from the same day. In a cloying, hand-wringing mea culpa, the supposed paper of record attempted to wash itself of the sins of misreporting, in what was actually a thinly-veiled Chalabi hit piece.
The Times fingered Chalabi for feeding its reporters incorrect information, writing that the paper ?sometimes fell for misinformation from these exile sources.? The piece went on to criticize Chalabi and other Iraqis for supplying the U.S. false intelligence on weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
But why the focus on Chalabi? It was CIA Director George Tenet who said that the case for Iraq possessing WMD was a ?slam dunk.? It was the same CIA, in fact, that is now trying to make Chalabi the patsy for lousy intelligence.
The Times is not alone on this count, however. Throughout the media, the spotlight has been shone almost solely on Chalabi, not on the bureaucrats at State and CIA who have hated him, for various reasons, for years.
Maybe State and CIA are right about Chalabi. But what if they?re not? Shouldn?t the media be challenging those departments relentlessly?
Still fresh is news that longtime State and CIA stooge Ayad Allawi will be the head of the new transitional Iraqi government. Doesn?t that at least call into question the timing of the raid, one week earlier, of a viable alternative to Allawi who just happened to be hated by the very ?intelligence officials? behind the raid?
Joel Mowbray, who got his start with Townhall.com, 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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