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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Monday, February 13, 2006

And You Still Believe in Leprechauns? Or, Gee, Why Were Paid Agents of the Israeli Government in Charge of Intelligence in Iraq?

As the nation bungles its way through Iraq, I would think that the presence on the playing field of a man like Douglas Feith might cool the passions of even the most spirited of Team Bush Cheerleaders. For those of you who don't know what I am referring to, this piece by Tom Fleming at Chronicles magazine will prove very interesting (you might also see Paul Craig Robert's column here.)

Now gentlemen, let's think like lawyers for a minute. Certain men with inside knowledge of the Bush Administration, such as Paul O'Neill, or, even more remarkably, Richard Clarke, have authored books, widely decried by the Courtier Right, in which the accusation was made that the Bushies were focused on Saddam Hussein all along; that the dictator's pursuit had little or nothing to do with the "War on Terror"; and that the justifiable outrage over 9/11 was harnessed (one might say prostituted) by the Administration merely as a way to accomplish a pre-ordained goal.

All of which, of course, is directly contrary to the repeated assertions of the President.

Allow me to appeal to an evidentiary standard familiar to us all: Is Feith's (and Perle's, and Wurmser's) commitment to the Likud Party's "Clean Break" policy a fact tending to make the accusations of Clarke et al. more probable or less probable?

And if more probable, at what point does one ask oneself, like the unfortunate fool referenced in the vulgar joke above, whether one is being horribly used?

My advice to all the stalwart Republicans: stay out of the woods.