In his rush to restate a tired and predictable thesis on how companies are “profiting from the war in Iraq,” Jim Valette in his self-righteous March 20 column made several false and absurd assertions about Secretary Bill Cohen and our consulting company, The Cohen Group.
The Cohen Group did not “land a Coalition Provisional Authority contract for Nour USA”, nor did Secretary Cohen have any direct or indirect discussions with any CPA or U.S. military authorities at any time regarding a contract for Nour USA. Such statements reflect Mr. Valette’s complete ignorance of the process. Further, Secretary Cohen’s public statements that the Iraqi people should assume growing responsibility for their own defense reflected his long-held views and had no relationship whatsoever to any interests our clients might or might not have.
In a last burst of glaring illogic, Mr. Valette further accuses Secretary Cohen of “trumpeting the bellicose cause” in Iraq based on “fabricated intelligence.” Secretary Cohen is on record questioning some of the assumptions on which U.S. military intervention in Iraq were based.
I trust that the people of Maine can reach their own conclusions that the high standards that guided Secretary Cohen during his 24 years representing Maine in Washington and his four years at the Pentagon are still guiding him in private life. But one nice thing about no longer being in public life is that one need not quietly tolerate the flabby accusations of ill-informed and preachy conspiracy theorists such as Mr. Valette.
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