The New Pentagon Papers


A week or so ago I wrote about an interview with outspoken BA critic Karen Kwiatkowski. Today, reader Seattle informs us of a long article Kwiatkowski wrote for Salon and even supplies a link to a reprint in Common Dreams so you don’t have to go through the ad to read it. In the piece, Karen pulls together a lot of the inside history and observations of her time with NESA and the OSP.

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.

I hate to say it twice in a row, but it’s true: this is another Must-Read, an incredibly important document in the history of the Iraq war. Seattle calls it “The New Pentagon Pepers”, and I’m not sure but what he’s right. Don’t let this get by you.

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