The new christopher Hitchens column in one..oh screw it!
This one is too good to just put in one sentence. This is about the congress and CIA's insistence that they were "fooled" on Iraq by Chalabi, and Christopher wonders if it's wise for them to keep saying that. Moneyshot: It was, of course, the sinuous and dastardly forces of Ahmad Chalabi's Iraqi National Congress who persuaded the entire Senate to take leave of its senses in 1998. I know at least one of its two or three staffers, who actually admits to having engaged in the plan. By the same alchemy and hypnotism, the INC was able to manipulate the combined intelligence services of Britain, France, Germany, and Italy, as well as the CIA, the DIA, and the NSA, who between them employ perhaps 1.4 million people, and who in the American case dispose of an intelligence budget of $44 billion, with only a handful of Iraqi defectors and an operating budget of $320,000 per month. That's what you have to believe. LOL Read the whole thing.