1.17.2005

Fantastic

This might be in the Seymour Hersh article for all I know, but I got it from the Guardian:

"...a former Farsi-speaking CIA officer said he had been asked by neo-conservatives in the Pentagon to travel to Iraq to oversee 'MEK cross-border operations'. He refused, and does not know if those operations have begun.

'They are bringing a lot of the old war-horses from the Reagan and Iran-contra days into a sort of kitchen cabinet outside the government to write up policy papers on Iran,' the former officer said.

He said the policy discussion was being overseen by Douglas Feith, the under secretary of defence for policy who was one of the principal advocates of the Iraq war. The Pentagon did not return calls for comment on the issue yesterday. In the run-up to the Iraq invasion, Mr Feith's Office of Special Plans also used like-minded experts on contract from outside the government, to serve as consultants helping the Pentagon counter the more cautious positions of the state department and the CIA.

'They think in Iran you can just go in and hit the facilities and destabilise the government. They believe they can get rid of a few crazy mullahs and bring in the young guys who like Gap jeans, all the world's problems are solved. I think it's delusional,' the former CIA officer said. "


What makes it Guardian-like is that the subhead for the last graf was "Crazy"; a nice taken out of context moment. Anyway, enjoy your war, everybody!

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