Ahmad Chalabi's Long Journey

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Richard Bonin tells the story of Ahmad Chalabi, whose wealthy Shiite family was exiled from Iraq after a revolution that ultimately put Saddam Hussein in power. In Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi's Long Journey to Triumph in Iraq Bonin traces Chalabi’s efforts to stoke a desire for Iraqi regime change in the United States, and earn support for to installing him as overseer of U.S. interests in the Middle East. The outcome was perhaps the biggest foreign policy disaster in our history.


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Comments [7]

theristes from california

The Israelis were not the greatest beneficiaries of our invasion and occupation of Iraq. The greatest beneficiaries were the militant leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran. This is utterly obvious, and was at the time. A good case can be made that Chalabi was an Iranian agent--one of the most successful secret agents of all time.

Dec. 10 2011 12:26 PM
Dr. Dvid youb from USA-Michigan

Thanks for givining me the opportunity to share my concerns.
I do believe,that Dr.Chalabi should be the replacable president for Iraq due to the fact that,he was the only Iraqi person,who made the idea of the throwing Saddam Acceptable to the global and breaking the bond betweenUSA and Saddam ,even though,the out come was probably the biggest disaster in USA history.

Dr. Chalabi was a good master manipulator,with lots of history knowledge,even though,he was convicted with Bank Fraud at what so called (Betra Scandle in Jordon).
Finally,Dr.Chalabi was always having the desire for Iraqi regime to be changed .... we all are indebtness for this great liberator of Iraq...

Dec. 10 2011 06:21 AM
tony from bayside

Well said BPCLee!

Dec. 08 2011 12:43 PM
BPCLee from Manhattan

The war in Iraq has been fought to benefit the people of Israel -- NOT the people of the United States. This is an act of treason! Endangering the people of the United States for the interest of a foreign entity is acting against the best interest of the citizens of the U.S. Why aren't the cronies in the Bush regime being brought up on charges of such a crime? Why were the Neo-con zionists allowed to infiltrate our government under the Bush regime (i.e. Richard Perle and company)? How can we prevent this from ever happening again? This needs to be addressed. Occupy Washington!

Dec. 08 2011 12:40 PM
tony from bayside

Couldn't Chalabi be the smoking gun to prove that the wmd claims by the bush administration were false?

Dec. 08 2011 12:31 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

The Baathists were/are the secular followers of an Arab form of fascism that took its playbook in the 1930s from the fascist and Nazi movements in Europe at the time. And after WWII, some Nazis who fled to the Arab world were instrumental in training and setting up the security forces in Syria. The KGB later in IRaq. At the core of Baathist philosophy, was of course, antisemitism and anti-Zionism, and using fascistic methods to suppress the Islamists as well. We saw the results in the totalitarian fascistic regimes of Assad and Saddam.

Dec. 08 2011 12:23 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Middle Eastern societies have been tribal and clannish since the dawn of civilization in the Fertile Crescent. It was all about tribe against tribe, and clan against clan. The McCoys and the Hatfields write LARGE. Or Sicilian families. Sicily too was once under Arab rule for a number of centuries.

It will still take some time for the concept of loyalty to the national state to replace loyalty to the clan and tribe. But it has to change, however it will take further decades of democracy to change things that much. It took Europe centuries to replace the feudal order with the modern nation-state.

Dec. 08 2011 12:16 PM

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