Arkin Forgery Easier To Believe

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January 31, 2007

Who is William Arkin? From his blog at the Washington Post.

I’m all for everyone expressing their opinion, even those who wear the uniform of the United States Army. But I also hope that military commanders took the soldiers aside after the story and explained to them why it wasn’t for them to disapprove of the American people…

These soldiers should be grateful that the American public, which by all polls overwhelmingly disapproves of the Iraq war and the President’s handling of it, do still offer their support to them, and their respect.

Through every Abu Ghraib and Haditha [”Every”? — ed.], through every rape and murder, the American public has indulged those in uniform, accepting that the incidents were the product of bad apples or even of some administration or command order.

No wonder someone went to the trouble to produce this alleged forgery and give it to Bill Gertz.

ARCHIVAL PAY RECORDS IDENTIFIES US CITIZEN WILLIAM ARKIN. EXPLOITATION OF SOURCE NUMBER 8230 CONFIRMS ARKIN PROVIDED IRAQI GOVERNMENT AT HIGHEST LEVELS WITH INFORMATION ABOUT UNSCOM PLANS AND USG INTELLIGENCE ACTIVITIES RE IRAQ. TEXT: 1. (S/UO) THIS IIR IS BEING RETRANSMITTED AT WASHINGTON CUSTOMER REQUEST. 2. (S/UO) PRELIMINARY REPORTING DURING THE PERIOD 24MAR-22 APR INDICATES POSSIBLE US CITIZEN WILLIAM ARKIN RECEIVED MONTHLY STIPEND FOR PERIOD 1994-1998 TO REPORT ONQUOTE UNITED NATIONS SPECIAL COMMISSION ACTIVITIES UNQUOTE. ENTRY IN SSO LEDGER CAPTURED IN BAGHDAD, NO ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. 3. (S/RODCA/UO) CIA EXPLOITATION OF SOURCE 8230 FROMOFFICE OF PRESIDENT SH CONFIRMS ARKIN TRAVELED TO BAGHDAD FEBRUARY 1998 AND NOVEMBER 1998 TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT UNSCOMPLANS AND TO DISCUSS DESERT FOX TARGETING. //GEOCOORD: IRAQ COMMENTS: 1. (S/UO) WASHINGTON CUSTOMER REQUESTED CONFIRMATION AND RECHECK OF INFORMATION. ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS DCS TO DIA IAW PROCTOR CANULAR PROCEDURES, CI PROCEDURE 7-04. CIFA REPORTON ARKIN CLEARANCE AND AFOSI INVESTIGATION TRANSMITTED UNDER SEPARATE COVER. 2. THIS IIR IS A RETRANSMISSION; ORIGINAL DTG OF IIR IS 24 MAY 03. //IPSP: (U) DOCEX 2650// //COMSOBJ: (U) 211// ADMIN PROJ: (U) 3908 INSTR: (U) US NO. PREP: (U) ISG/DIA/CIA JTF7 TAREX AND FUSION CELL ACQ: (U) BAGHDAD, IZ (030409) DISSEM: (U) FIELD: NONE. WARNING: (S/UO) REPORT CLASSIFIED SENSITIVE SPECAT.INVOLVES US CITIZEN SPECAT PROCTOR CANULAR

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Comments:
  1. Bill Adkins says:

    Looks like more Dick Cheney at Work product.

  2. sglover says:

    Riehl, not even you can be this stupid — or can you? “Alleged” forgery? Even a Washington Times hack identified it as a forgery. Or isn’t the Washington Times ideologically pure enough for you?
    I would say — most employable adults would say — that anyone who “went to the trouble to produce” to fabricate what’s supposed to be an incriminating document has too much time on his hands, and the ethics of an NKVD stoolie. Hmmmm…. Pretty much fits the profile of your hive mind lackeys.

  3. Kaitian says:

    Couldn’t it hurt to contact the Foreign Military Studies Office aka http://leav-www.army.mil/fmso/ to see if they have any relevant documents on Arkin? Afterall, that would be a good argument for treason against the United States. Or even providing material support to the enemies of the United States.

  4. Kaitian says:

    I like to add but even if the document was a forgery, it can’t hurt to check anyways with the FMSO.

  5. Philip McDaniel says:

    Let’s try the ‘Liberal’ equation: “Well even if it’s a forgery it’s still true.”
    Sound familiar, lefties?

  6. Jeffersonian says:

    Indeed, doesn’t this document, false as it may be, speak to a larger truth underlying Mr. Arkin and, thus, to the MSM as a whole? Why get hung up on who forged this and who lied about that when what society needs to focus on is the innate and profound perfidy of the vast majority of journalists at the NYT, WaPo, Globe, etc?