May 29, 2004
Is anyone in charge here?
President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair disagree over the key issue of military decisions after June 30. Blair says (incredibly) that the Iraqi government will control, Bush says the U.S. will control, while saying (incredibly) that the Iraqi government will be sovereign.
Ahmed Chalabi, the greatest con man in modern history, played the U.S. for a sucker by working with Iranian intelligence to convince the U.S. to invade Iraq and dispose of Saddam and thus eliminate Iran's biggest threat. And, voila! Chalabi becomes president of Iraq.
Someone woke up and raided Chalabi's headquarters and made it clear the U.S. now knows they were chumps. But not so fast. Get this. Richard Perle (who recently said Seymour Hersh is a terrorist), Newt Gingrich and former CIA director James Woolsey, according to the New York Times, "marched into the West Wing office of Condoleezza Rice, to complain about the administration's abrupt change of heart about Mr. Chalabi."
I'm not making this up. Perle, while denying CIA reports he has business dealings with Chalabi, has turned his light from Seymour Hersh to, get this, "Jerry Bremer," who is engaged in "an outrageous abuse of power." Yikes! Perle, who stays far from harm in Iraq but close to the Bush administration and his patron, Don Rumsfeld, must be going nuts. So close to Iraqi oil profits from President Chalabi.
If this were fiction it would not be believable.
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