The Wall Street Journal today added momentum to reports that disgraced Iraqi politico Ahmed Chalabi may emerge as the guy to succeed Iraqi's prime minister Nouri Maliki.
Why not? He would only be the latest in the motley crowd of neo-cons to crawl out from under their rocks -- thanks to the enabling Big Media -- to say "I told you so" about the need for the US to mount an everlasting occupation of Iraq.
Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Bill Kristol, Paul Bremer and John McCain lead that dubious bunch. Big Media, which went along with Dubya's ill-fated invasion, sees these guys as a way to redeem their own tattered reputation. It won’t work for a simple fact: pundits were wrong about the invasion and are wrong now. President Obama is providing leadership to keep the US out of the Iraqi cesspool. He needs to stay the course.
Any Chalabi comeback would do downright surreal. Boosted by Burson-Marsteller's BKSH & Assocs. (now Prime Policy Group) he pitched the canard that Saddam Hussein has amassed a trove of weapons of mass destruction, which one day could be used to take out the Statue of Liberty.
The Shiite politico fell out of favor with the Pentagon after Donald Rumsfeld and the gang realized the INC was nothing more than a front for its vainglorious leader and that the organization may have embezzled US financial support. The INC received about $40M from American taxpayers.
Chalabi made a surprise appearance in Baghdad after it was secured by American blood and treasure, leading a group of 100 fighters under the INC banner. They were part of the alleged 700-member "free Iraqi forces."
BKSH then went on to represent the Radio Voice of Iran and Chalabi disappeared from the US scene.
His rise to PM would be an insult to the more than 4,400 US soldiers who died in Bush’s War. Haven't we learned anything?