Editor’s note: The following item was first published March 22 in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin, a premium online intelligence news service.
One of three regional rulers in the post-Saddam Iraq is an unlikely candidate raising some alarms in the intelligence community.
Her name is Barbara Bodine, a career foreign-service diplomat and former ambassador to Yemen. She will reportedly run civilian affairs in Baghdad and central Iraq along with two other regional administrators.
Why the controversy?
In 2000, while serving as Yemen’s ambassador, she was widely criticized for hampering the FBI’s investigation of the al-Qaida bombing of the USS Cole in Aden.
She blocked FBI counterterrorism official John O’Neill from returning to Yemen and conducting an aggressive investigation. O’Neill retired from the FBI and was later killed in the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attack.