Ahmed Chalabi chats with Sally Quinn, for some reason

The lying fraud explains that WMDs were a "marginal issue" when it came to the decision to invade Iraq

Published October 1, 2010 8:40PM (EDT)

Lying war-profiteering con man Ahmed Chalabi, the guy who seduced a bunch of neocons into invading and occupying Iraq in order to make him its enlightened capitalist ruler, had a fun little sit-down with party reporter and representative of all that is awful about the culture of Washington DC Sally Quinn. This was at The Atlantic's "Washington Ideas Forum," where, I guess, the elite meet to kick around exciting new ideas, like how to make money with a magazine brand. (Invite rich folk to pay large sums to listen to rich folk interview rich folk.)

This Quinn/Chalabi chat was a breathtaking display of shamelessness, culminating in this immortal line, from Chalabi: "The weapons of mass destruction was to our view a marginal issue."

Yes, well, that's not the way the rest of us remember it.

It was a remarkably friendly conversation -- despite some brief discussion of how bad or not-bad Iran is --considering that Chalabi is a miserable fraud with blood on his hands. Quinn basically just let him bullshit. (What the hell is Chalabi's "idea" exactly? I mean -- he already got to try out his idea, and now thousands of people are dead for no fucking reason.)

For some reason, this old Quinn-penned profile of Chalabi the hard-working and charming gourmand is no longer on the Washington Post website.

By Alex Pareene

Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at apareene@salon.com and follow him on Twitter @pareene

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