According to Bob Woodward, we're not
"When the story comes out I'm quite confident we're going to find
out that it started kind of as gossip, as chatter. And that somebody learned
that Joe Wilson's wife had worked at the CIA and helped him get this job
going to Niger to see if there was an Iraq/Niger uranium deal. And, there's
a lot of innocent actions in all of this."
Well, let's scroll back to the New York Times column
by Nicolas Kristof of June 12, 2003, that triggered panic among the
"Officials now claim that the CIA inexplicably did not report back
to the White House with this envoy's findings and reasoning, or with an
assessment of its own that the information was false.
"I hear something different.
"My understanding is that – while Director of Central Intelligence
George Tenet may not have told Mr. Bush that the Niger documents were forged
– lower CIA officials did tell both the vice president's office and National
Security Council staff members.
"Moreover, I hear from another source that the CIA's operations side
and its counterterrorism center undertook their own investigations of the documents,
poking around in Italy and Africa, and also concluded that they were false –
a judgment that filtered to the top of the CIA."
"Another source"? From the "operations" – i.e., covert
– side of the CIA?
But isn't that where Valerie Plame worked? Didn't Novak publicly reveal that
column of July 14?
According to Vincent Cannistraro, former CIA counterterrorism operations chief,
specialty was "recruiting agents, [and] sending them to areas where they
could access information about proliferation matters, weapons of mass destruction."
Like, for example, Pakistan. Or Turkey.
And didn't Novak reveal on TV a few days later that Valerie Plame's alleged
employer – Brewster
Jennings & Associates – was a "nonexistent" CIA front company?
So is it possible that the neo-crazies were really out to discredit not Joe
Wilson, but the CIA covert counter-proliferation operation? Especially Brewster
Jennings & Associates?
Perhaps Chris Deliso has elicited the answer from Sibel
During the Reagan years, Assistant Secretary Defense for International Security
Policy Richard Perle and his deputy Douglas Feith were the leading advocates
in the Pentagon and at NATO headquarters of closer military ties with Turkey,
and between Turkey and Israel.
After leaving the Pentagon, Feith established a law firm in Israel, and International
Advisors Inc. (IAI) in the U.S., which was until at least 1995 a registered
foreign agent for the government of Turkey.
Widely regarded as Perle's idea, IAI was heralded in the Turkish press as presaging
a "warmer atmosphere" between Turkey and "the strong Jewish lobby in the United
Perle remained on the highly influential Defense Policy Board throughout the
Bush and Clinton administrations, becoming chairman in 2001.
In 1996, Perle and Feith convened a task force at the Institute for Advanced
Strategic and Political Studies in Jerusalem. The result was a report for Israel's
new government entitled "A
Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm."
The report's principal recommendation was that Israel should "shape its
strategic environment, in cooperation with Turkey and Jordan, by weakening,
containing, even rolling back Syria," creating a "natural axis" between Israel,
Jordan, a Hashemite Iraq and Turkey that "would squeeze and detach Syria from
the Saudi Peninsula."
On the eve of the Bush-Cheney war of aggression to effect regime change in
Saddam's Iraq, Perle was chairman of the Defense Policy Board and Feith was
undersecretary of defense for policy.
But to the consternation of Perle, Feith, et al., even before the invasion
began, Turkey announced it would not even allow through-passage of U.S. troops.
So, on June 6, 2003, Eric Edelman, until then a national security adviser to
Cheney, was nominated to be ambassador to – you guessed it - Turkey.
Now come Edmonds and
Deliso to tell us what the Cheney cabal learned about that time. Because
of certain of their activities – including arms sales – involving Turkey and
Israel, Perle, Feith, and various associates had long been under surveillance,
independently, by both the FBI and the CIA.
Now, according to Woodward:
"They did a damage assessment within the CIA, looking at what this
did – that Joe Wilson's wife was 'outed.' And turned out it was quite minimal
damage. They did not have to pull anyone out undercover abroad. They didn't
have to resettle anyone. There was no physical danger of any kind. And there
was just some embarrassment."