Faking It

From Ron Suskind’s new book, The Way of the World: A Story of Truth and Hope in an Age of Extremism

By then [late 2003], the White House had finally thought of a way to use [former Iraqi intelligence chief Tahir Jalil] Habbush. … The White House had concocted a fake letter from Habbush to Saddam, backdated to July 1, 2001. It said that 9/11 ringleader Mohammed Atta had actually trained for his mission in Iraq — thus showing, finally that there was an operational link between Saddam and al Qaeda…. The letter also mentioned suspicious shipments to Iraq from Niger set up with al Qaeda’s assistance. The idea was to take the letter to Habbush and have him transcribe it in his own neat handwriting on a piece of Iraqi government stationery, to make it look legitimate. CIA would then take the finished product to Baghdad and have someone release it to the media.

C’mon, couldn’t they do any better than faking letters from a guy named HABBUSH? That’s not even trying.