Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Frum & Perle: Six

More sneers (page 17), this time directed at the CIA:

The first Bush administration had its reasons for holding back in 1991. When it had called for an uprising, it had something very different in mind: a coup in Baghdad by one of Saddam's Sunni henchmen. This was and remained the remedy for Saddam recommended by the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA contended that the mass uprising in the south might bring to power Shiite extremists who would then tilt toward Shiite Iran [...]

These calculations, sophisticated, subtle, and wrong, persuaded the first President Bush in 1991.

Yes, so "wrong" that the CIA's fears are exactly what has come to pass.