Today, Last Tuesday of September 2009

It was so incredibly cold and blustery (and it’s not even Winter yet:  in fact, it’s barely Fall) that the two li’l crits stayed indoors all day, pressed against each other on a cushion next to the dining room where self sat, writing.

She was going to see “The September Issue” (a documentary about Vogue Magazine editor Anna Wintour).  That, at least, was what she kept telling herself all day, to make herself continue writing —  doggedly and with purpose.

But the matinee showtime came and went, and self was still at home.

Instead, she read James Risen’s State of War and learned that the plans for the war in Iraq were laid by a bunch of boys in Washington (Wolfowitz, Cheney) who were emotionally unseated by the events of 9/11 (which, who can blame them, as at least half the country went un-hinged at the same time.  But then you have a right to expect a little more dispassion from your leaders, don’t you?  A little more forethought and long-range planning?)

So, this is what she read just moments ago (on pp. 83- 84), about the events in the months leading up to that war:

*  RH stands for “Restricted Handling,” a CIA category for “the most sensitive cases and operations being handled.”

One CIA officer said that he reviewed the agency’s restricted handling files on Iraq in the summer of 2002, covering the most sensitive cases and operations being conducted.  He was shocked by what he found —  or rather, didn’t find.  “RH is the most closely held stuff.  I thought I was going to read about spies that no one knew about.  But they had nothing.  No agents anywhere close to the regime, or to the WMD programs, or the security services.  Zero.  All they had were these plans for covert action.  Sabotage and the fantasies they had.  But they had no intelligence.  That was why they came up with these silly covert-action ideas, because they had nothing else.”

It may interest dear blog readers to know that one of these “silly covert-action ideas” was “equipping low-level Iraqi agents with special spring-loaded darts that they could use to destroy the windshields of cars owned by members of the Iraqi regime.”  Also, sinking a ferry, which incidentally “carried people as well as freight.”  That’s people as in:  civilians.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

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