March 20, 2005

Destroying Your Enemies With Lies

William M Arkin has long been a recognized expert on national security as witnessed by his having been employed by the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times to cover defense angles in the past and having been a professor at the U.S. Air Force School of Advanced Airpower Studies. He is also the author of a number of books about national security and has recently written a new book, Code Names, which covers covert operations, the code names and the excessive secrecy that was instrumental in allowing the country to go to war on faulty intelligence. All of this goes to say, Arkin has real credibility when he talks about national security.

On Saturday, the Washington Post reported that a forged document had been passed to one of Arkin's foes, conservative writer Bill Gertz, of the Washington Times, claiming that Arkin had worked for Saddam Hussein to weaken UNSCOM in the mid 1990s. As Media Matters reports, this was not the first time someone passed a forged document to Bill Gertz to try to smear Arkin. The Bush administration has considered Arkin a thorn in their side since the first Gulf War days. And he made them angrier when he spoke against the administration's case for war against Iraq in September 2002 and when he exposed the bigotry of Jerry Boykin, who told a conservative Christian congregation, "I knew that my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God, and his was an idol."

In October 2003, Hugh Hewitt suggested that Arkin was a traitor because he wrote about Boykin's statement. Evidently, Arkin is suspect because after serving in the US Army as an intelligence agent in the 70s, he showed his true colors by working with Greenpeace.

It is truly a dangerous state when someone like Arkin can be attacked by this type of smear campaign and yet the government decides there is no reason to investigate. Obviously, the steroid use of some baseball players is a much more important issue than a concerted attempt to destroy an administration critic and gadfly.

Posted by Mary at March 20, 2005 04:00 PM | Corruption & Graft | TrackBack(1) | Technorati links |