New "Pentagon Papers" (??)

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  1. numediaman macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2004
    Chicago (by way of SF)
    Attached is a link to a story being labelled as "The New Pentagon Papers".

    A little background: Daniel Ellsberg, who gave the original Pentagon Papers to the NYTs, recently called on someone in the know to reveal what they know about the lead up to the Iraq war, to produce something like a "new Pentagon Papers".

    This story, while long, is certainly not like the original PPs. That report was volumes in length and covered something like twenty years of history concerning the US government and the war in Vietnam.

    You be the judge of its importance:

    The New Pentagon Papers

    A high-ranking military officer reveals how Defense Department extremists suppressed information and twisted the truth to drive the country to war.

    By Karen Kwiatkowski

    . . . From May 2002 until February 2003, I observed firsthand the formation of the Pentagon's Office of Special Plans and watched the latter stages of the neoconservative capture of the policy-intelligence nexus in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. This seizure of the reins of U.S. Middle East policy was directly visible to many of us working in the Near East South Asia policy office, and yet there seemed to be little any of us could do about it.

    I saw a narrow and deeply flawed policy favored by some executive appointees in the Pentagon used to manipulate and pressurize the traditional relationship between policymakers in the Pentagon and U.S. intelligence agencies.

    I witnessed neoconservative agenda bearers within OSP usurp measured and carefully considered assessments, and through suppression and distortion of intelligence analysis promulgate what were in fact falsehoods to both Congress and the executive office of the president . . .
  2. Desertrat macrumors newbie

    Jul 4, 2003
    Terlingua, Texas
    A number of her articles on the general subject of Pentagon and Administration maneuverings are archived at They make interesting reading. There's no doubt about her sincerity of belief in what she says.


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