Saturday February 10th 2007, 2:26 pm
Mark Thompson, writing for Time Magazine:
“For a person most Americans have never heard of, Doug Feith has been called terrible names by very important people.”
Most people have not heard of this neocon war criminal because they do not pay attention. But then, consider most Americans cannot find Iraq on a map, let alone Texas. On the other hand, ask them about Britney or Anna Nicole and they are able to rattle off gobs of useless information.
“In Plan of Attack, Bob Woodward quotes General Tommy Franks—appalled at the quality of intelligence about Iraq—railing that Feith, then the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, was ‘the f—king stupidest guy on the face of the earth.’”
Either Franks is being disingenuous or he is the “the f—king stupidest guy on the face of the earth.” As a former Pentagon bureaucrat, Franks should know about Feith’s shady, traitorous past. Douglas Feith, after all, was deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, the number three position at the Pentagon, from July 2001 to August 2005. Feith was fingered by the FBI as an Israel First traitor, as he apparently passed confidential Pentagon documents to AIPAC, an act that would get Feith lined up against the nearest brick wall and shot by an impromptu firing squad in some countries. Here, he is rewarded with a posh academic position at Georgetown University, thus demonstrating that crime indeed pays.
Franks seems to think Feith was acting out of stupidity when he released all kinds of “cooked intelligence,” i.e., lies, over at the Office of Special Plans, an outfit created the day after the September 11, 2001, attacks by the Grand Wizard neocon, Paul Wolfowitz, an Israel Firster and PNAC insider subsequently rewarded with a position over at the World Bank, the world-class loan sharking operation responsible for untold suffering and misery in the third world.
Feith was not stupid. He is a conniving Zionist agent, tasked with creating scary in entirely implausible camp fire stories designed to push the United States into invasions and wars not in its interest, although certainly in the interest of Israel.
“Feith may have been one of the Bush Administration’s most fervent supporters of war with Iraq but, in truth, he was only a bit player. Indeed, he is the third bit player in the Iraq fiasco to be paying for the sins of his superiors recently.”
Feith, as number three at the Pentagon, the most deadly military organization on earth, was a “bit player”? Feith has yet to pay for anything, or for that matter has Scooter, although their reps have suffered, so far as that goes, as Thompson admits most people have no idea who Feith is. As for Libby, charged with perjury and obstruction of justice in the so-called Plame affair, he has retained Ted Wells, a litigation partner at the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Wells is regarded by many within the legal profession as one of the top defense lawyers in the nation, in other words Libby will likely either be acquitted or receive a light slap on the wrist. Meanwhile, CIA agents, their covers blown by neocon viciousness, rot in shallow graves. Ultimately, Feith and Scooter will be left unmolested to write their memoirs, and if indeed convicted there is always Bush, on the last days of his appointment as decider, ready to sign pardons.
“Said [Feith]: ‘The policy office has been smeared for years by allegations that its pre-Iraq-war work was somehow “unlawful” or “unauthorized.”‘ He has a point: it was the Bush administration that chose Feith’s reports over those generated by its $1 billion-a-week intelligence operation. Feith’s work was most certainly authorized—from the very top.”
Indeed, he does have a point, and it is not atop his head, as Franks would have us believe, although I believe Thompson is missing it.
According to David Gordon, senior fellow of the Mises Institute, Feith and the neocon crew “are students or followers of Leo Strauss” and the “noble lie,” that is to say Machiavellian deception. “One of the great services that Strauss and his disciples have performed for the Bush regime has been the provision of a philosophy of the noble lie, the conviction that lies, far from being simply a regrettable necessity of political life, are instead virtuous and noble instruments of wise policy,” Gordon cites Earl Shorris from his book, Ignoble Liars. “Shorris’s hypothesis … is this. The shapers of American foreign policy are not genuinely motivated by the rhetoric they impart to the masses, which stresses democracy and resistance to aggression. Instead, they avidly pursue power for its own sake. Power politics, not democracy, rules Bush’s foreign policy; and this the makers of the policy have learned from Strauss.” Add to this their undying love for the racist state of Israel and you have the neocons pegged from their Barker Blacks on up.
Feith and the neocons, as Straussians, consider themselves akin to Plato’s “philosopher kings,” thus, as “wise men,” they find democracy primitive and contemptible, as Plato found Athenian democracy not only contemptible, but dangerous. Only the Straussians—as rulers, philosopher kings, Guardians—are capable of and entitled to rule, while the unwashed masses exist to be manipulated through “noble lies” and outrageous fictions cooked up by offices of special plans. Thus, as neocon philosopher kings, who are intelligent, rational, self-controlled, in love with wisdom, well suited to make decisions for the community—if indeed made transparent by their hubris and arrogance—all actions, including war and torture, are lawful and authorized. In short, minus an understanding of the Straussian philosophy, it is impossible to put Feith’s comments in the proper context.
Is it possible the people at the “very top,” presumably Bush and Cheney, are pulling the strings? Or do we finger the “bit players,” the Straussian operatives, ensconced in the Pentagon and the State Department?
If you believe George W. Bush is anything but a cardboard cut-out figure to be sold to the American people—marketed as a “good old boy,” even as his family hails from blue-blood territory in Kennebunkport—I have a proverbial bridge to sell you.