The Books of My Numberless Dreams

What We Wanted to Tell You About Iran – New York Times

Posted on: December 22, 2006

What We Wanted to Tell You About Iran – New York Times

HERE is the redacted version of a draft Op-Ed article we wrote for The Times, as blacked out by the Central Intelligence Agency’s Publication Review Board after the White House intervened in the normal prepublication review process and demanded substantial deletions. Agency officials told us that they had concluded on their own that the original draft included no classified material, but that they had to bow to the White House.

Indeed, the deleted portions of the original draft reveal no classified material. These passages go into aspects of American-Iranian relations during the Bush administration’s first term that have been publicly discussed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; former Secretary of State Colin Powell; former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage; a former State Department policy planning director, Richard Haass; and a former special envoy to Afghanistan, James Dobbins.

These aspects have been extensively reported in the news media, and one of us, Mr. Leverett, has written about them in The Times and other publications with the explicit permission of the review board. We provided the following citations to the board to demonstrate that all of the material the White House objected to is already in the public domain. Unfortunately, to make sense of much of our Op-Ed article, readers will have to read the citations for themselves.

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Is it too late to cancel my Green Card application? (Frankly, my mother wouldn’t let me.) For the past five years my interest in living in the USA has dwindled and has now reaced zero. Zilch. Nill. And this is not the worst part. The worst part is that the majority of American citizens will sigh and do nothing. Nothing.

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