Meet Douglas Feith, former Undersecretary of Defense who has been subpoenaed to testify about his role as a former Iraq war planner in front of the The Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Subcommittee. Read his biography, see photos and a video below.

The Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, a subcommittee of the House Judiciary, has issued a subpoena requiring former Undersecretary of Defense, Douglas Feith, to testify regarding his role in planning the war in Iraq. Particularly, they say they are interested in hearing about the interrogation policies he crafted.

Feith has been under fire from the democratic Congress, many of whom say his policies lead to the torture of detainees and that he, along with other war planners, lied about the danger posed by Iraq in the lead up to the war. He’s been subjected to some pretty nasty name calling, including being accused of putting the interests of Israel above the interests of the United States and being called the ‘f*cking stupidest man alive’ by some of his critics. Very creative, that.

What people seem to have forgotten is that in the aftermath of 9/11 the vast majority of Americans wanted retribution and supported going to war with whomever was perceived as our enemy. People also seem to have forgotten that virtually everyone with intimate knowledge of the intelligence coming out the Middle East strongly support invading Iraq and perceived the Saddam Hussein regime as an imminent danger to the United States. That included the democrats who had access to the classified intelligence. It also included former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton who both certainly had knowledge of the circumstances that led up to 9/11 and the dangers posed by our enemies.

The democratic Congress and the various committees and subcommittees seem intent on putting on a show of interrogating anyone they can regarding the Iraq war. You’d think it was Nuremberg redux. They seem adamant about insisting the only reason we went into Iraq was for weapons of mass destruction and, despite evidence otherwise, insist that there were no WMDs found. If you say the same thing often enough then it becomes fact. Well, it should be quite a exhibition of showboating and egos prancing in front of the television cameras for the American people to see.

Douglas Feith Biography

Douglas Jay Feith was born on July 16, 1953 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is 55-years-old. He is the son of Dalck and Rose Feith and one of three siblings. Dalck Feith was a holocaust survivor from Poland who came to the United States during World War II. The elder Feith lost his parents and seven siblings in Nazi concentration camps. He was a member of Betar, a Revisionist Zionist youth organization, in Poland. When he came to the United States he became a successful businessman and philanthropist. He also was a strong supporter of the Republican party.

Feith went to Central High School in Philadelphia. He then earned his bachelors and graduate degrees at Harvard University. He graduated from Harvard magna cum laude in 1975. He graduated magna cum laude with his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1978.

He started his career as an attorney with the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP. He then worked for the government on the National Security Council in the Reagan administration in 1981. He held several positions within the Reagan administration. After that, he went back into private practice, opening a law firm in Washington D.C., Feith and Zell. He left the law firm in 2001 to take the position as Undersecretary of Defense in the Bush administration. He left that position in 2005 and is now a professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

He and his wife, Yona, have four children and live in Bethesda, Maryland.





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