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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Maybe He's Not the "Dumbest Fucking Guy on the Planet"* 

Courtesy of our stouthearted colleague Joe Wezorek at American Leftist: Perhaps anticipating that the coming Iraqi elections will not suffice to muck out the Augean stables he helped befoul, neocon monster Douglas Feith has decided it is no longer in his best interest to continue serving the American public:
Douglas Feith, the Defense Department’s top policy officer and an architect of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, announced Wednesday that he would leave his job this summer for personal and family reasons . . . .

Before the Iraq war, Feith oversaw Defense Department officials accused of selectively using uncorroborated intelligence reports to build what turned out to be the false case that President Saddam Hussein had stockpiles of banned deadly weapons.

He has also been blamed for overseeing what is widely considered by U.S. officials to have been inadequate postwar planning.

Feith’s planned departure had nothing to do with policy matters, said Eric Ruff, a spokesman for the Defense Department.
On the same page, by some happy coincidence, you will find a link to a story describing the Pentagon's urgent efforts to cope with Mr. Feith's ongoing legacy:
The Pentagon has drafted terms for an ambitious reshaping of U.S. forces that would put less emphasis on waging conventional warfare and more on dealing with insurgencies, terrorist networks, failed states and other nontraditional threats, according to senior defense officials and others familiar with the confidential planning.

This proposed shift in strategic focus stems partly from a recognition that U.S. forces were inadequately prepared for the insurgency in Iraq and the wider hunt for terrorists around the world.
Rummy, as you know, wanted a smaller, faster, lighter army all along. The trick was assembling a policy team to create the sort of enemy that would require one.

* -- A tip of the Hatlo hat to Gen. Tommy Franks for the candid assessment of Mr. Feith's intellect.

UPDATE (1/28): Juan Cole agrees that Feith can't be all that dumb: he's getting out while the getting is good.

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