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Reader comment on item: 'Walking Back the Cat' On Chalabi

Submitted by Florence Sinow (United States), Jun 22, 2004 at 10:46

If it is actually the White House, i.e. the president and/or vice-president, and their closest advisors, who have been attempting to "marginalize" Mr. Chalabi, as "Time Magazine" has "documented," my question is "Why?" The White House, I understood, chose Mr. C. as a trustworthy ally and supporter for our country's effort to take some form of democracy to the Iraqi people. Why would anyone among those who can be represented in print as "the White House," except someone seeking to undermine those efforts or to cast doubts on the good sense and abilities of the president and/or vice president. Who, in the circle of people around Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, would have such a motive and, if so, why? I find it scary.

Each of the possibilities set forth in this message from Daniel Pipes gives us much to think about. Whichever is correct, I want to know WHO first put this accusation of Mr. Chalabi out and for what motive and if it is Mr. Chalabi or the Bush/Cheney team that is the true target. I do not question that we have cracked the codes. I do question the source of the charge against a man who was so acceptable to the White House as an ally and known to and admired by Mr. Pipes. Shouldn't we demand to know specifically by name and agency from whence such charges have come before we can fairly assess them?

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