Friday, April 01, 2005

Wall St Journal, Head Firmly In *ss


As for Curveball’s own motives, the panel merely brands him a “fabricator.” That he was also the brother of a senior aide to Ahmed Chalabi, the leader of the exile Iraqi National Congress (INC), goes unmentioned. The report does acknowledge that the sole corroboration of his claims came from another source within the INC. But it then states, incredibly, that not only was “Curveball’s reporting not influenced by, controlled by, or connected to the INC,” but that “INC sources had a minimal impact on pre-war assessments.”

     Ignoring this, the Wall St Journal calls everyone else shrill.  Undoubtedly, they will never apologize.

UPDATE: Be wary.  The original story I read said Curveball was a brother of a senior Chalabi aide.  That story was in the Guardian in 2004.  Now we are reading it is the cousin of such an aide.  As difficult as it might be to not know your own brother (although I must admit, I didn't know mine until I was 22), it is much easier not to know a cousin.  They don't even explicitly say 1st cousin.  I imagine that certain Arab tribes have tribespeople who all claims to be cousins to each other.

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