Iraq: The Trail of Disinformation
- Iraq: The Trail of Disinformation
What Really Happened
by Mike Rivero
Let's start with a simple fact. The United States invaded and
conquered Iraq on the basis of lies. Even the official report of the
United States Senate admits as much.
So, where did all this bad information come from? While the culprits
would like to pin the blame on the Central Intelligence Agency, the
facts point in a different direction. To cite just one example, the
now-discredited claim that Saddam was trying to buy "Yellow Cake"
Uranium from Niger came from the Pentagon, specifically from Paul
Wolfowitz < http://www.antiwar.com/orig/leopold.php?articleid=1913 >,
using information the CIA stated was unreliable. Wolfowitz, and his
assistant Douglas Feith, set up a special office called the "Office of
Special Plans" in 2001, that fed information to the White House to
urge the attack on Iraq. Shortly after the invasion, the OSP was
So, the trail of the lies that started a war goes from the White
House, to the Pentagon, to the Office of Special Plans. But where was
the OSP getting their information? Clearly, they were not using
information provided by the CIA, or the CIA would not have denounced
their cources as "unreliable". According to some reports, the OSP was
using "consultants" who came from outside the Pentagon and operated
with no oversight or accountability!
< http://rightweb.irc-online.org/analysis/2004/0402osp.php >
The Office of Special Plans operated on its own, off the official
payroll and away from Congressional oversight <
According to several sources, it was the information given out by the
Office of Special Plans that Dick Cheney "encouraged" the the CIA to
adopt! So where does the trail lead from the OSP?
As it turns out, the OSP was getting their information from primarily
two sources. The first was Ahmed Chalabi, the bank embezzler who would
be king and didn't care how it came about.
< http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20030707&s=dreyfuss >
The second, and more damning source, is the office of the Prime
Minister of Israel, Ariel Sharon! As the Office of Special Plans
poured out the lies that led to war, Israeli officers, up to the rank
of General, were repeatedly escorted inside the Pentagon to the Office
of Special Plans
< http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0807-02.htm > . At no time
were they required to sign in!
Douglas Feith would then take this information, despite CIA doubts
about the credibility of the claims, into private briefings at the
White House that bypassed CIA.
/11/wsept11.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/07/11/ixnewstop.html ... > In some
cases, the CIA was unaware of Feith's private briefings until the OSP
information became part of White House public policy.
So, this is the trail of the lies that started a war, beginning at the
White House, and via Dick Cheney moving upstream to the Pentagon's
Office of Special Plans, under Wolfowitz and Feith, then from OSP to a
parallel group operating out of Ariel Sharon's office in Israel.
That's the trail.
See also: The Path To War:
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