Dual Loyalties

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Tuesday, July 20, 2004

The New Yorker: Fact - Luti, Wolfowitz, and Chalabi

The New Yorker: Fact: "The spying charges have forced Chalabi?s patrons at the Pentagon to distance themselves from him. Paul Wolfowitz, who was one of the earliest and most outspoken proponents of an invasion of Iraq, and who has been friends with Chalabi for years, spoke of him with studied detachment at a recent congressional hearing. He praised the I.N.C.?s effectiveness in providing battlefield intelligence since the war began, but he said, ?I think there?s quite a bit of street legend out there that somehow he is the favorite of the Defense Department, and we had some idea of installing him as the leader of Iraq.?
But a prominent State Department official told me that he saw numerous documents that had been prepared by the Pentagon?s Office of Special Plans, which devoted considerable effort to planning the war. The office was overseen by Douglas Feith. ?Every list of Iraqis they wanted to work with for positions in the government of postwar Iraq included Chalabi and all of the members of his organization,? the State Department official said."

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