Glenn Greenwald: Elbaradi and the NIE

(Yes, as EK asks, why haven’t we been reading Greenwald. See this of Time’s behavior vis a vis Joke Klien’s “journalism”. – promoted by Armando)

Why haven’t I been reading more Glenn Greenwald?

He hits another one out of the park today with his blistering dissection of Fred Hiatt’s September 5th WaPo editorial, Rogue Regulator, and the other neocon chicken hawk cheerleaders and conspirators like John Bolten who have been smearing Elbaradi for years so they can get their war on.

Our serious foreign policy geniuses strike again

Glenn Greenwald,

Tuesday December 4, 2007 03:59 EST

How far does the rot go?  To very core of our policy and media establishment-

Somehow, it was decided in our political establishment that being completely wrong about the worst strategic disaster in our country’s history — the invasion of Iraq — is not a cause for any diminished credibility at all (and having been right is no cause for enhanced credibility). Even after the invasion of Iraq, our Hiatt-modeled political establishment even proceeded to smear and target those such as Mohamed ElBardei who were clearly proven right, as though being right was a crime.

Glenn goes on to catalog the usual suspects, the cast of characters that has been oh so very wrong about this as in so much else-

These are truly the lie-fueled rantings of “crazy” people, just as ElBaradei said that they were. In a minimally rational society, the Fred Hiatts and John Boltons and Norm Podhoretzs and Rudy Giulianis and Joe Liebermans would be considered laughingstocks. In light of this track record, what rational person would trust a single thing they say?

Yet as always in our political culture, those hungry for American wars — both old and new — are, by definition, Serious and Respectable, and those who try to stop such wars (such as ElBaredei) are losers and “apologists” whose judgment and allegiances are equally suspect. Just compare the Very Serious Fred Hiatt’s fact-free, war-pursuing attacks on Mohamed ElBaradei in both 2002 and 2007 with the fact that ElBaradei — both times — was absolutely right on the most vital matters of the day, and one finds all one needs to know about how sad and broken our political establishment is.

For you Joke Line fans he points out a particularly egregious piece of dialog from This Week recorded by digby, but he saves particular scorn for Norman Podhoretzs of the rapidly imploding Giuliani campaign, devoting a whole update to him that I just can’t help sharing-

UPDATE: Norman Podhoretz, horrified and petrified that the consensus of our intelligence agencies “just dealt a serious blow” for his desire for a new war, unloads what he aptly calls his “dark suspicions” that this is all just a ruse by our dishonest intelligence community “to head off the possibility that the President may order air strikes on the Iranian nuclear installations” (h/t Zack). Did I mention that this is the Senior Foreign Policy advisor to Rudy Giuliani? Does Giuliani harbor similar “dark suspicions” about the allegiances of our intelligence officials?

Podhoretz’s predictable attack also underscores one of the most dishonest maneuvers one has seen in some time. It was, of course, Podhoretz, Cheney and their friends who incessantly pressured and manipulated the intelligence community to conclude that Saddam had WMD so that they could start the war they desperately wanted for so long. And now, they use the false conclusions which they foisted on the intelligence community to cast doubt on the credibility of intelligence officials with regard to Iran — as though neoconservative warmongers were the victims of the pre-war intelligence failures rather than the perpetrators. Their dishonesty in the service of new wars knows no bounds.

As we have recently seen also in Karl Rove’s transparent and pathetic attempts to re-write the history of who started this disaster.

The worst foreign policy failure in the history of the United States.

Where are my legions Varus?


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  1. I think it’s all well worth the read.

    • Turkana on December 4, 2007 at 19:14

    is one of the handful of true must-read bloggers.

    • documel on December 4, 2007 at 19:25

    Are the warmongers in it for the money, the politics, or are they deaf and dumb?  This proves that many Americans are the latter, with an assist to the msm.

    • pfiore8 on December 4, 2007 at 19:25

    well-framed ek

  2. is that the media still pay attention to dangerous hacks like Norman Podhoretz.

    Are those who do listen to the likes of Podhoretz gullible? Or stupid? Perhaps lazy? Or are they, too, dangerous hacks? Or some combination thereof?

    Can I ask any more questions?

    • Edger on December 4, 2007 at 20:57

    These are truly the lie-fueled rantings of “crazy” people […] In light of this track record, what rational person would trust a single thing they say?

    No rational person would. But Hiatt and the rest of the psychos aren’t too concerned, as long as they can keep the 24 percenters horny for more fireworks on their TV screens, and find some way to suck in another 25 percent again.

    Who will support an attack on Iran? The same peasants who believe, because they are kept too busy to learn and think, that television news broadcasts are objective journalism, at the end of each daily grind of being so busy keeping their heads above financial water to think. The same ones who supported invading Iraq:

    The infallible test for identifying a peasant is whether he believed that Saddam was behind the 9/11 attack. It is an unarguable fact, widely known for years, that Saddam was not behind it, yet large numbers of Americans to this day think that he was. In linking Saddam with 9/11, President Bush simply lied, for reasons that seemed good to him, but his lies are not my concern. I am concerned that he never produced evidence and it was widely publicized at the time that there was no such evidence, yet much of the country believed him. The highest proportion of believers were, and still are, Fox News viewers. Fox News, the principal channel to assert a link between Saddam and 9/11, is owned by Rupert Murdoch, a Jewish Zionist. From a Zionist perspective, that was clever misinformation, aimed at an audience that would accept it. But why would anyone accept it? Only by suspension of all critical faculties, curiosity about American society, the wider world and indeed, one’s information provider. I would also add indifference to the truth, which is crucial in matters of warfare and the lives of men. The American peasant cannot protect his country as he believes he is doing because by his indifference, ignorance and credulity he cannot differentiate truth from falsehood.

    Ahhhhh, the noble lies and pious frauds of Leo Strauss. Where would the Hiatt’s and the Podhoretz’s and Bush’s and Cheney’s of the world be without them:

    It’s a great little racket. I’m glad we found it actually.

    But China and Russia have already drawn a line in the sand, and the rest of the world must be laughing their heads off at peasants who would happily turn their country over to fascists and cause the fall of their own empire.

    “It’s not getting any smarter out there. You have to come to terms with stupidity, and make it work for you.”  –Frank Zappa

    • robodd on December 4, 2007 at 21:20

    consistent, persistent ongoing and shameless threat to the world.  Why aren’t Rove, Cheney and the Pod-man in jail?  How long must we wait until they are?

  3. in every single one of their “judgments,” and they have lost all credibility in every corner of the known universe, save for the remaining dark recesses of their own delusional psyches.

    They now have been knocked to the mat by reality during their fevered march toward attacking Iran. Let’s keep them there. Mock them. Humiliate them. Shout them down the next time they utter another lie and invent another “existential” bogeyman. Raise a ruckus at their public speeches. Challenge them during their wingnut radio interviews. Erase their influence on the planet.

    Send them to history’s dumping ground, where they can rest amongst the rubble of other failed ideologies and obscure, misguided cults.

    Oh, and kudos to the Intelligence Community, which has apparently drawn a useful lesson from its craven caving in to Cheney and his neoconderthal staffers (Scooter Libby and David Addington) before the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

    We still have some people with integrity at the working levels in our government.

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