Chalabi Returns: No Welcome Arms Here

The papers may be full of election news tomorrow, but hopefully they will also cover the arrival of Ahmed Chalabi. If they don't, you can catch what you're missing over at Huffington Post, where Arianna is staying on the story.

Durbin's speech today to the Senate on Chalabi is a must-read:

Mr. President, I also would like to note that something curious is happening in Washington today. There is a man by the name of Ahmed Chalabi who is visiting Washington.

Mr. Chalabi is under active investigation. He is under investigation for the charge that he leaked intelligence, including the fact that the United States had broken a crucial Iranian code and that he turned that information over to the Baghdad station chief of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security.

Of course if that happened, Mr. Chalabi endangered American troops and American security. As a result of this charge against Mr. Chalabi, on May 20 of last year, his residence was searched by the Iraqis with the cooperation of American forces in Iraq to see if evidence could be found.

....So where can we find Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Chalabi this week? Well, we'll find him in Washington. He has an appointment to sit down and break bread with Treasury Secretary Snow and the secretary of state, Condoleezza rice, and then a little later this week he's going to give a speech to the American Enterprise Institute.

Does this sound like a man under active investigation or a man who is being actively lauded by this administration? I don't understand this. While the Department of Justice is actively investigating this man for wrongdoing that could have endangered American troops and American lives, the Department of State and the Department of the Treasury are hosting him like some dignitary.

So don't be surprised if you watch the Chalabi motorcade speed up when they pass the Department of Justice. I guess they're concerned whether an F.B.I. agent will come out and pursue this so-called active investigation.

It is very difficult to track how this man, who gave us such misleading information before the invasion of Iraq, now under active investigation for endangering American troops is now the toast of the town at the Department of Treasury and the Department of State.

I don't follow their logic and I certainly don't follow the pursuit of justice if they don't have an active investigation included so we know whether or not Mr. Chalabi has endangered American lives.

Mr. President, I yield the floor.

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    Re: Chalabi Returns: No Welcome Arms Here (none / 0) (#1)
    by Che's Lounge on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:51 PM EST
    I thought maybe arms are exactly why he is here. So that's why they call them armies. Go Arm-me!

    Re: Chalabi Returns: No Welcome Arms Here (none / 0) (#2)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Dec 17, 2005 at 01:05:52 PM EST
    I just don't know WHY you liberals are so opposed to the Future Ombudsman of Former Iraq. Sure, the country still stands, barely, but is that his fault? He did everything he could to screw Iraq into the ground along with hundreds and thousands of our finest soldiers. Give the guy a break! I bet you didn't know that Ahmed is so popular in Jordan that they constantly beg him to come back -- some kind of party waiting. When he arranged the looting of the Iraqi National Museum, he borrowed US military forklifts, and even a tank to bust down the front door. And he returned those items promptly. He's prompt! That's a lot more than you can say for a lot of our soldiers. Those drag-asses are like men on crutches, compared to the smartly-dressed Chalabi. Hey, Georgie likes him, sees into his SOUL. What more do you want?