The Crisis of Our Times

"Not by force of arms are civilizations held together, but by subtle threads of moral and intellectual principle." -Russell Kirk

Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Prof. Fleming on the retiring Douglas Feith

"Feith, remember, is the man who (with Richard Perle and David Wurmser) wrote a policy memorandum for the Netanyahu government, urging Bibi to ignore the United States and show no mercy to the Palestinians—a memo written by American citizens in the first person, as in “We in Israel . . . ” Although the year was only 1996, the “Americans” called for the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. Feith is also the genius who suggested that the United States was not bound by the Geneva Convention. He also drew up the new rules for interrogation so memorably exploited by those sweet kids with cameras at Abu Ghraib. Feith is also accused of leaking his own memo, linking Saddam Hussein with Al Qaeda, to the Weekly Standard. When Dick Cheney quoted the Standard’s article as proof that the administration had been right along, the circle of disinformation was closed."

-Thomas Fleming


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