Too bad. If this is true then Ron Suskind just got hit with the exact same trick that brought down Dan Rather: take a damaging true story (in this case, that the administration fabricated documents that made it look like Iraq had contact with al Qaeda and sought yellowcake from Niger) and preemptively leak it to a reporter with enough bogus details stirred in to discredit the reporter and the story itself. I don’t know whether or not Philip Giraldi has better contacts than Ron Suskind does, but it doesn’t help Suskind’s case that his two named sources are contradicting what they apparently told him in private.
More than that, using Doug Feith’s office makes more sense any way you look at it. You don’t have the many potentially unreliable layers through which the order would have to pass – unlike CIA, OSP was a nirvana of single-minded ideological purity. This assignment would fit neatly in the Iraq propaganda organizational flow chart as OSP, which is already knee–deep in Niger yellowcake forgeries.
If I’m right then we know what happens next. Powerline or an acceptable substitute will drum up the noise shortly, bury Suskind’s credibility and scare any other reporter away from ever touching the story again. Correct me if I’m wrong, but as I recall we never found out what kept the American president from reporting for duty at that Texas Air National Guard base.