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August 09, 2008

Change We Can Believe In

Ron Suskind has posted excerpts from his interviews with Rob Richer touching on the forged letter issue. One of the people Richer says was involved is Jim Pavitt, then the CIA's Deputy Director of Operations:

SUSKIND: The intent--the basic raison d'etre of this product is to get, is to create, here's a letter with what's in it. Okay, here's what we want on the letter, we want it to be released as essentially a representation of something Habbush says. That's all it says, that's the one paragraph. And then you pass it to whomever to do it. To get it done.

RICHER: It probably passed through five or six people. George probably showed it to me, but then passed it probably to Jim Pavitt, the DDO, who then passed it down to his chief of staff who passed it to me.

Interestingly, Jim Pavitt gave $2,500 to the Obama campaign in the first and second quarters this year. I don't know what this means about Pavitt or Obama, but it probably doesn't indicate the total transformation of American politics is imminent.

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at August 9, 2008 08:15 PM

Indeed. Hmmm. Convenient. I see the threads coming together. As everyone knows, our elected officials adopt the policies preferred by each of their campaign contributors. Obama is basically working at the Scowcroft Group.

You couldn't stop at "I don't know what this means about Pavitt or Obama," could you?

Well done sir. Keep cynicism alive!

Posted by: DCS at August 10, 2008 02:24 AM

That's some pretty good snark,Jon

Posted by: par4 at August 10, 2008 10:37 AM

did you hear about edwards_ men, we can not have affairs_
everybody has affairs. in americs we're not free. lots of moral.

Posted by: Yeah man at August 10, 2008 12:13 PM

Yes, it is the same old, same old. As a commentator said on another post, "It is the system"! Americans complain and complain but finally accept or are resigned to accepting the 'inevitability' of 'nothing will change'.

Posted by: Rupa Shah at August 10, 2008 02:35 PM

Keep cynicism alive? My rosy spectacled friend, cynicism took an Epi-Pen to the heart the day Obama voted for the FISA bill.

Posted by: Kyle at August 10, 2008 09:01 PM

VOTE DIGBY-CLARK-2008---VOTE THE INTERNET she fights for the 4th Amendent.

Posted by: Mike Meyer at August 11, 2008 12:10 AM