Dual Loyalties

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Friday, August 05, 2005

Gen. Franks Asked for an Investigation of Leak - Someone in Feith's Office

..:: Minorit's ::..: "To a certain degree, the Franklin investigation is the product of an investigation that was initiated by Franks in the spring of 2002. That was after Afghanistan and before Iraq. Franks convened a small group of senior planners for a discussion of the idea of a war against Saddam. He cautioned the officers not to leak anything from the discussion, for fear that secrets would find their way to the press and to the enemy - and, even worse, to Feith and the armed forces' chiefs of staff in Washington, who were trying to dictate their own plan. A few weeks later, Franks seethed when he read the secrets in a report by William Arkin in The Los Angeles Times. Franks asked Defense Secretary Rumsfeld to investigate the source of the leak, which was endangering the lives of American soldiers. Rumsfeld acceded to the request, and investigators from the FBI and from the office of special investigations of the U.S. Air Force showed up in the offices of Feith and his aides. The source of the leak was not found; the suspicion remained. Recently, it has also been claimed that the U.S. intelligence community is looking into the possibility that Feith's Iraqi protege, Ahmed Chalabi, told the Iranians that the Americans broke their code.

Feith is disliked because he tried to impose fantastical military ideas on the officer corps, because he is demonstratively sympathetic to Israel and also, it cannot be denied, because he is Jewish. The congruence between the desires of the Bush administration and the Sharon government is considerable but not total: Jerusalem doesn't like Washington's ties with the Saudis, and Washington is suspicious of Israel's ties with the Chinese."

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