(Maybe a little more [divine] light and we’ll find him?)
An update on this blog, as the persistent Claudia Rosett follows-up and shares her continuing (and growing) amazement about the real and/or invented—and now erased—exploits of one Hesham “Heshie” Islam, aide and erstwhile Muslim Dragoman to Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England.
Diana West opines that maybe there should be hearings on Heshie’s (cyber)-disappearance, and other more alarming aspects of his overall function.
Read Claudia Rosett’s full account, below:
And Now, Hesham Islam’s Amazing, Disappearing Profile. What’s the Pentagon Trying to Tell Us?
Hey, Presto! Where did it go?
The article raised questions about some of the stories recounted in a glowing profile, dated Oct. 15, on the Defense Department web site, featuring a top Pentagon aide, Hesham Islam.
Today (1/28/08), the entire web page, complete with photo of Islam in his office and lavish praise from his boss, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon
As of this writing a cached version can still be found on Google. Lest it disappear from the face of the earth, here’s a copy of the original in pdf format, and here it is saved as a web page. This is an Armed Forces Press Service article which the Pentagon until recently appeared only too happy to publicize as DoD gospel.
I phoned the Pentagon to ask, following more than a week of trying to get answers prior to publishing the story last Friday about the mysteries surrounding this top aide, whom Gordon England, number two man at the Pentagon, described last year (that link has not yet disappeared) as his “personal close confidante.”
No answers yet. Once again: Who’s running this show?
Note: The Administration seems to be having a busy month at the Memory Hole. Over at State, they’ve disappeared Jay Lefkowitz’s sterling speech on
Seriously, who’s running this show?