Philip Giraldi’s unusually good national security sources make his writings at American Conservative consistently worth following. His take on the Cheney/CIA mystery program is well worth a read, and not just because it agrees with what I wrote yesterday.
The most interesting bit for me was Giraldi’s surprisingly thorough account of how the program ended. According to his sources, a Delta Force team arrived in Kenya on false passports, botched the job and needed to be bailed out by the Ambassador, who, naturally, had no idea they were there. The program didn’t so much end at that point as languish in administrative limbo. Another notable take-home from Giraldi’s piece.
The perpetrators in Kenya also quickly discovered that white boys born in the American south sporting crewcuts and speaking no foreign language had difficulties in blending in as foreign businessmen.
All in all, as Bush era initiatives go, a fairly good day.