adds ammo to hit war credibility gap
Just as former Ambassador Joseph Wilson's story that Bushies blew his
CIA wife's cover to get back at his criticism of the war in Iraq was getting
old, he has stumbled on new ammo to hit the administration's credibility.
Wilson tells us he plans to circulate the text of a briefing by analyst Sam
Gardiner that suggests the White House and Pentagon made up or distorted
over 50 war stories. You know some tall tales, like the Pvt. Jessica Lynch
story. But there's more, says Gardiner, a war gamer who has taught at the
National War College. Like how defense officials said the first Iraqi unit
marines encountered, the 51st Mechanized Infantry Division, had surrendered
four days before it actually did. And he says Defense Secretary Donald
Rumsfeld and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Richard Myers gave bad or
deliberately incomplete info on several topics. Sure, propaganda has always
been used in war to deceive and demoralize the enemy. But these guys went way
overboard, Gardiner says. "Never before have so many stories been created
to sell a war," he insists. "And they probably didn't need it."
Political Wire provides a link to the
actual memo (PDF file).
Sam Gardiner is, according to the memo, a retired USAF Colonel and a teacher
of "strategy and military operations at the National War College, Air War
College and Naval War College. He was recently a visiting scholar at the Swedish
Defence College. During Gulf II he was a regular on the NewsHour with Jim
Leher as well as on BBC radio and television, and National Public
Radio." So this is not just the work of some crackpot.
I'll be back after I have read the memo thoroughly.