Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Curveball Finale, and this Time it's for Real

The left's favorite Iraqi--code named Curveball--is making news again after telling the Guardian that essentially it wasn't Bush who lied--it was him:
"Maybe I was right, maybe I was not right," he said. "They gave me this chance. I had the chance to fabricate something to topple the regime. I and my sons are proud of that and we are proud that we were the reason to give Iraq the margin of democracy."
OK, this is big news on the left (and has outrageously outraged Colin Powell) but before the lather thickens perhaps some questions could be answered:

1. He claims the German spy agency BND knew his claims were false in 2000. This would be before Bush took office. Why would Prime Minister Schroeder, by all accounts a Bush hater, help the US lie about WMDs to promote war in Iraq? Was David Kay correct about the BND? If so, why would they do it?

2. He claims toppling Saddam by force was the only way to bring democracy to Iraq. Based on the celebrations over Egypt, isn't this a great outcome?

3. He claims:
After the speech, Janabi said he called his handler at the BND and accused the secret service of breaking an agreement that they would not share anything he had told them with another country. He said he was told not to speak and placed in confinement for around 90 days.
If he was deliberately trying to bring down Saddam by lying why would he demand the Germans not share his info? Was it reverse psychology, knowing they would? That sounds like something an intelligence asset might try. Or did he seriously think Germany would roll tanks into Baghdad and liberate his family? Or was he just trying to use the story to gain asylum and now, after the fact, trying to elevate himself into a hero by saying he was noble?

4. Tyler Drumheller said he was a liar. Is he still a liar? Is he still drinking? A Chalabi stooge?

5. George Tenet said the following about Curveball in his memoirs regards Drumheller:
Thank Dr. Hanning for the Iraqi WMD information provided by the BND asset "Curve Ball." Inform Dr. Hanning that we would like to work with the BND to craft an approach to Curve Ball to secure his cooperation in locating evidence of Iraq's biological weapons (BW) programs, and about the direct involvement of Dr. Rihab Taha al-Azzawi in Iraq's mobile BW program.
Has Mr. Drumheller ever refudiated or responded to this assertion?

Oh well. It's highly unlikely these questions will be answered any faster than the last set posed in 2007. Maybe a Wiki Leak will clear things up.


Debbie said...

Reverse psychology, could be. The Left won't pick up on this, because the narrative is Bush lied, people died.

Right Truth

A.C. McCloud said...

Actually, on some sites I've visited they are a bit confused, since Curveball seems to be stealing Bush's evil.

I suppose their new narrative is that Bush cajoled the BND, and Schroeder, into using him as a source but that means Germany lied, people died. And a very liberal German at that.