Fourteen months ago, after the 3rd Infantry Division and
Marines swept into Baghdad, Washington was at the feet of the
neoconservatives who had been plotting and propagandizing for an invasion
A celebratory breakfast was held at the American Enterprise Institute think
tank, where William Kristol, Richard Perle and Michael Ledeen held forth in
a spirit of joyous anticipation of wars and victories to come. At a dinner
party at the vice president's mansion, Kenneth ("Cakewalk") Adelman, Lewis
I. "Scooter" Libby, Cheney's chief of staff, and Paul Wolfowitz toasted one
another and the president. As the '60s song went, "Those were the days, my
friend, we thought they'd never end."
Now, enmeshed in a guerrilla war, Americans are demanding to know who told
us we would be welcomed with garlands of flowers. Who said our troops would
come home in a year? Who said democracy would flourish across the Arab
world? Who misled us about the weapons of mass destruction? Who lied us
But the neocons may be facing problems more serious than entering the
history books alongside the Whiz Kids of the McNamara era who got it wrong
in Vietnam and left 58,000 behind. Some War Party leaders may see careers
cashiered and reputations ruined.
According to The New York Times, U.S. intelligence officials claim that
Ahmad Chalabi informed the top Iranian agent in Baghdad that the Americans
had broken their top secret code and were reading their messages to Tehran.
Chalabi reportedly told his Iranian contact he got this intel from a high
American official who was drunk.
According to writer Sidney Blumenthal, the FBI is now visiting AEI to
interrogate scholars in residence to learn who leaked word we had broken
the Iranian code - to Chalabi, who is emerging as the Alger Hiss of the