_NPR_ had a “good segment”:http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6108983 [Via “Laura Rozen”:http://www.warandpiece.com/blogdirs/004900.html ] earlier today about, among other things, the Pentagonâ€™s new Iran desk. It notes that several of its staffers worked for OSD’s Office of Special Plans.
[FYI, one of those staffers, Abram Shulsky, wrote “this gem”:http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/files/leo_strauss_and_the_world_of_intelligence.pdf#search=%22shulsky%20leo%20strauss%20and%20the%20world%20of%20intelligence%22 about intelligence -gathering- analysis a few years ago. Ick.]
Another highlight: Negroponte said that he would be “terribly surprised” if unvetted intelligence on Iran was reaching US policymakers.
Yeah, that’d be effing shocking.
Part of the segment also features a hilarious defense of the OSP from none other than D Feith. Priceless.
Laura’s post reminded me of a “similar one from Josh Marshall”:http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/008507.php a few months back.
Here’s the relevant excerpt:
Here’s a topic I’d like to know more about.
As you may know, Vice President Cheney’s daughter Elizabeth is the deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs. She also has the title of “Coordinator for Broader Middle East and North Africa Initiatives.” Basically that means she’s in charge of democratizing the Middle East.
She has a budget of, I believe $75 million, for bringing about ‘regime change’ in Iran.
I also noticed this recent aside in The Nelson Report in which Chris Nelson wrote that his sources “say [Undersecretary of State Nick] Burns has been fighting an apparently losing battle with Undersecretary for non-proliferation Bob Joseph on a variety of issues, and that Vice President Cheneyâ€™s office seems to be sponsoring the hiring of exceptionally large numbers of political appointees, not career FSOâ€™s, to staff the to-be-created Iran democracy projects to be run out of State.”
Pass the glue…