The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Saturday, February 21, 2004
Chalabi gives a Rummy shrug over dud 'intelligence' he passed on
A rather misleading hed from presumed fabulist Con Coughlin's Telegraph:
Chalabi stands by faulty intelligence that toppled Saddam's regime
That suggests he thinks the stuff is still good.
Whereas what the piece says (February 19) is that Chalabi admits the stuff his exiles palmed off on the (so-called) intelligence services of the US and UK was a pile of crap. But it got him his war - so (to coin a phrase) mission accomplished.
A guy called Nick Theros did something of the same (February 9) on behalf of the Iraqi National Accord but the INA denied all knowledge of him!
Chalabi is just putting a bow around what we know already, of course. Still probably didn't do Colin Powell's blood pressure any favours, though. (And the still unidentified - though I'm the last to know these things - House staffer Powell yelled at can testify to the shortness of the Powell fuse where WMD intel is concerned!)
The Washington Times reprint of the story provides a much better hed:
For Iraqi, the end justifies means
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