Asled why the United States went to war in Iraq in 2003, Feith says:
"The President decided that the threats from the Saddam Hussein regime were so great that if we had left him in power, we would be fighting him down the road, at a time and place of his choosing."
If Feith doesn’t look or sound much like a warrior that’s because he isn’t; he's an intellectual, a hawkish, neo-conservative defense policy wonk, who occupied one of the top rungs on the Pentagon ladder, playing a key role in shaping the military's response to 9/11 and the decision to go to war with Saddam Hussein.
Asked why was the decision made to go after Saddam Hussein after 9/11, when even then, the United States government realized Saddam didn't have anything to do with the attacks, Feith answers, "What we did after 9/11 was look broadly at the international terrorist network from which the next attack on the United States might come. And we did not focus narrowly only on the people who were specifically responsible for 9/11. Our main goal was preventing the next attack."
Note the inherent disconnect and the intellectual dishonesty in those two statements. Feith explains that we went to war because we believed Iraq was going to attack us at a time and place of its own choosing, despite the fact that it didn't have the capacity to do so and had never attacked the United States. While acknowledging that Iraq didn't have anything to do with 9/11, the Bush Administration clearly decided to broaden the scope of the war on terror to go after anyone who might attack the United States.
Hence, you get the disconnect. They had never attacked us. They couldn't attack us. We attacked them because we had expanded the criteria of who should be attacked so that we could prevent another 9/11. Well, then why are we there now? If all of this is true--and it isn't, of course--then there's no justification for staying.
At some point, these childish games will stop and we'll have a real President again. How many more days now? How much longer is the mainstream media going to let Douglas Feith trot out his lies and his despicable trash? At some point, someone's going to raise a hand and say "enough."
That day can't come too soon.