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BREMER SLINKS AWAY
CIA "Anonymous" far closer to
reality than neocon Paul
now Bremer hastily and rather shamefully
Realities - MER - www.MiddleEast.Org - 28 June 2004:
slinks away without much
fanfare, a few days
early so they say, even as Iraq continues to
in hatred and a slow-simmer civil war.
Paul Bremer looked today like
a man very
glad to be getting out alive and heading away from it all as fast as he
possibly could. Indeed Bremer was ahead of schedule lest the
'insurgents' target him and others in the few days left before 30
June. It was a date headlined throughout most of the year by none
other than the President Commander-in-Chief himself. But in the end
the whole thing was but a whimper for those unable to even stage a
serious ceremony inside their fortified havens for fear of attacks,
beheadings, or worse.
Paul Bremer may be personally on his way back to Washington for
the 4th of July celebrations where he will no doubt be applaunded as an
'American hero'. But Bremer's neocon buddies who put him there remain
in charge of Iraq; and they are well aware that the
Iraq Bremer leaves is in miserably chaotic condition. Indeed, the
actual reality is that Bremer's rule of Iraq was not only a terrible
failure, it was disgraceful beyond imagination when it began. Bremer
may be now gone but he leaves in place America's
top Generals and CIA operatives to keep trying to pick up the pieces
and keep Iraq was coming totally unglued.
As for the 'Iraqi faces' the Americans have been wanting to put out
front ever since American faces became so unappealingly hated, the
renamed U.S. Iraqi Government Council, now known as the "interim Iraqi
government", is pretty much the same cast of characters as before
including a Prime
Minister who was quite a Baath Party operative in his younger days,
that is before he became a CIA operative working overtime to bring
about the coup that never was.
It was many months ago now that pro-consul
Paul Bremer was abruptly summoned to Washington with little
notice by the White House. A few days later he was quickly sent back
to Baghdad where he then abruptly announced his own
30 June departure. Things were already unraveling in Iraq then, but
things have gotten continually
worse ever since. Thus now Bremer hastily and rather shamefully
slinks away without much fanfare, a few days early so they say, even as
Iraq continues to seeth in hatred and a slow-simmer civil war.
Meanwhile, the timing of this latest insider revolt book in Washington - IMPERIAL HUBRIS: Why the West Is Losing the War
on Terror - is certainly right on. Finally,
after all these years, someone over at the CIA has actually publicly
connected some of the real dots and said in clear terms
that Osama Bin Laden is not a crazed madman hating Americans for no
reason...but rather that he and his followers are reacting against U.S.
Israeli policies that over many years have provoked them to doing what
they are doing. Do you think they've been secretly reading MER all these years and finally have seen the light?
So a little bit of the real story is now out in "Anonymous" book
form. True, at first anyway, the 'mainstream' corporate media played it
down and missed the punch lines, including this somewhat buried away story on page A13 in the least
read Saturday edition of The
Here too, MER first reported about IMPERIAL HUBRIS
more than a week ago in fact on 19 June. Finally in the past few days
TV programs have caught on and focused on this unusual book coming from
such an unusual and credible author at such a particularly critical
time. But no...no one so far has asked the CIA author this key
question: How much of what is
happening now did we and Israel bring on ourselves because of the
militant, repressive, bloody, hubristic, duplicitous, torturing,
hypocritical and ultimately self-feating policies we have been pursuing
for so many years now?
But then we can't really expect the CIA to OK a book that would
so clearly point the finger at itself. They're only publicly
connecting some of the dots they want others to understand now for
reasons of their own and, did you notice, just after the resignation of
CIA Director Bush-friend George Tenet. MER and others are going to
have to continue connecting the dots much more clearly, much more
honestly, and much sooner than those who control both Washington and
much of the major media will ever regularly do.
CIA Analyst Assails War on Terrorism
New Book Says U.S. Has Misjudged Muslims' Concerns and Intentions
By Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, June 26, 2004; Page A13
new book by a senior CIA analyst who headed the agency's task force on
Osama bin Laden sharply attacks the Bush administration's approach to
Islamic terrorists, sternly criticizes the decision to invade Iraq and
chides officials for trying to create a Western-style democracy in
The author, who writes under the name
"Anonymous," argues it is not dislike of freedom, democracy and Western
culture that led bin Laden to wage war against America, but rather his
disdain for U.S. policies and actions in the Muslim world, particularly
America's relationship with Israel.
Senior U.S. leaders,
the book argues, mistakenly urge Americans to believe that the Islamic
world is offended by the nation's philosophical emphasis on personal
rights and liberties, and "that Muslims hate and attack us for what we
are and think, rather than for what we do."
and lethal threat posed to U.S. national security arises not from
Muslims being offended by what America is, but rather from their
plausible perception that the things they most love and value -- God,
Islam, their brethren and Muslim lands -- are being attacked by
America," he writes in "Imperial Hubris: Why the West Is Losing the War
on Terror," which was just published by Brassey's.
contends that bin Laden has rallied support among Muslims by convincing
them that Islam is under attack from the United States and that it is
their responsibility to defend their faith: "Once Islam is attacked,
each Muslim knows his personal duty is to fight."
author's solution to the problem and forecast for the future are grim,
based partly on his view that training camps have turned out not
thousands of terrorists but perhaps "a hundred thousand or more
"As long as unchanged U.S. policies motivate
Muslims to become insurgents," he writes, the United States will have
to "kill many thousands of these fighters in what is a barely started
The book's author is a 22-year veteran of the CIA
who occupies a senior position in counterterrorism. He did not publish
the book under his name because of his role at the agency, and has
asked news organizations not to reveal his name for security reasons.
served as chief of the bin Laden station from 1996 to 1999, a time
when, he complains, senior leaders "downplayed intelligence" and
"ignored repeated warnings" about the dangers approaching from Islamic
U.S. intelligence officials are not pleased
with the tone and conclusions of the book, and have watched with
surprise as sales have risen. Yesterday, it was the 13th-best seller at
Amazon.com, up from 325th last week.
The CIA reviewed the
book before publication and determined that it did not contain
classified information. "That does not mean we are happy with it," a
senior intelligence official said yesterday. "We would prefer officers
keep their personal views personal, but we are not in position to
prevent him from expressing his personal views in writing done on his
The official added that if the agency stopped
employees expressing views that appear contrary to administration
policy, they would also have to halt those who want to write in support
The author condemns the decision to invade
Iraq in 2003, saying that "preemptive actions" were needed, but against
the "imminent threat of bin Laden, al Qaeda and their allies," not
He describes the invasion of Iraq as "an
avaricious, pre-meditated, unprovoked war against a foe who posed no
immediate threat but whose defeat did offer economic advantages." He
compared it to the 1846 U.S. war against Mexico.
author contends, is at the core of U.S. interests in Muslim countries,
leading the United States to support "the Muslim tyrannies bin Laden
and other Islamists seek to destroy."
administration's policy on Afghanistan is described as a failure
because it hinges on producing a Western-style democracy with religious
tolerance and women's rights -- all of which he characterizes as an
"anathema to Afghan political and tribal culture and none of which has
more than a small, unarmed constituency."
succeeding only in fooling ourselves" in Afghanistan, he argues. The
current insurgency by the Taliban "gradually will increase in
intensity, lethality and popular support and ultimately force
Washington to massively escalate its military presence or evacuate," he
writes. Neither the United States nor its Afghan surrogates "have built
anything political or economic that will long outlast the withdrawal of
U.S. and NATO forces," he predicted.
In a broader critique,
he said, "U.S. leaders refuse to accept the obvious: we are fighting a
worldwide Islamic insurgency -- not criminality or terrorism -- and our
policy and procedures have failed to make more than a modest dent in
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(June 30, 2004)
U.S. Ordered Brits to Attack Iran - Brits Balked
(June 30, 2004)
The order was given in secret by the U.S. commander in Iraq, General Ricardo Sanchez, who was already scheduled to be replaced, quite likely because of his involvement in the horrendous Iraqi torture scandal. But anyone who thinks General Sanchez gave the order without checking first with his neocon bosses back at the Pentagon -- Wolfowitz and Feith, who then of course check with Rumsfeld who then tells the President, Condi, and Colin -- just doesn't understand even at this late date how the invasion/occupation of Iraq came about nor how the Pentagon planning has been progressing for Iran, Syria, North Korea, just as soon as the excuses can be managed.
Bush and U.S. Exposed - book by book by book
(June 30, 2004)
This list of books exposing the Bush presidency for what it really is all about is an essential corrective to all the propaganda and TV clips constantly bombarding the American people... In many ways though some of these books are more significant, however in a TV/Movie age even collectively they will not have the same impact though they do help set a climate for skepticism and anxiety. This particular list was compiled a few months ago by USA Today so it's hardly complete at this point. But it is a good starting place for those wanting to choose a little holiday reading, however depressive, sometimes shocking, surely politically and historically depressing.
America's Baghdad - Corruption, Barricades, Boozing, Fear and Incompetence
(June 29, 2004)
Baghdad is awash with stories of the corruption, cronyism and incompetence of the US-led Coalition Provisional Authority, which was dissolved this week.
Brits Departed Palestine Leaving Civil War - MER FlashBack
(June 29, 2004)
"Contrary to contemporary assertions, the British and the Americans have done far more to prevent democracy in the Middle East, and to inhibit independent economic development as well, then they will ever admit."
Bremer Slinks Away; CIA Slinks Forward
(June 28, 2004)
Thus now Bremer hastily and rather shamefully
slinks away without much fanfare, a few days
early so they say, even as Iraq continues to
seeth in hatred and a slow-simmer civil war.
(June 28, 2004)
It's historic alright. A huge historic bungle that is quite literally exploding in their faces as they try to appear to go but actually stay with their carefully chosen Iraqi faces now out front. Over the weekend on ABC News one of the neocon political commentators made a little mistake and clearly called the American-appointed 'interim Iraqi Prime Minister' a "CIA agent" -- it was a rare moment of candor in public in today's confused, uptight, and secretive Washington.
Kurds on 'the return' - Palestinians into ghettos
(June 27, 2004)
Substitute "Palestinians" for Kurds, and "Israelis" for Arabs, and there is a whole different twist to 'the return' of the Kurds featured in this front-page New York Times article last Sunday. Another great irony of our times is that even as the Americans and the Israelis help facilitate what the Kurds are doing in Iraq they demand the Palestinians give up their 'right of return' even though it is enshrined in many U.N. Security Council resolutions going back to 1947...
Worst Crisis Since WWII?
(June 26, 2004)
"the most foolhardy civilian leadership in the
modern history of the United States." (Newsweek) "A vacuum has opened up at the heart of world politics where US leadership ought to be found." (Financial Times) "The unpalatable truth is that the Bush administration has failed in almost everything it has touched."
The Historical Moment - MER Flashback Four Years
(June 25, 2004)
MER FLASHBACK to 25 June 2001: Months before what is now known as "9/11" MER published these articles indicating that a major strike by Osama
Bin-Laden against the U.S. was imminent and that the Israelis were more determined than ever to subjugate the Palestinians. We wrote at the time: "In these conditions any spark can ignite the blaze; and sometimes such giant fires consume more than was originally anticipated, sometimes even those who start them."
BBC Hired by British Government to Broadcast TV to Middle East
(June 24, 2004)
More Readers' Comments from Around the World
(June 24, 2004)
Just some of the many Readers's Comments continually pouring in to MER from around the world.
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(June 23, 2004)
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(June 23, 2004)
Secret documents have revealed US Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld are "linked to the murder" of a senior CIA scientist.
It's Now the Second Half of 1948
(June 23, 2004)
As always Professor Tanya Reinhart from Tel Aviv University writes with extraordinary insight.
"...the Israeli military and political leadership are aiming, eventually, at a total destruction of the Palestinian authority, and, with it, the process of Oslo, which is now dominantly considered by them a 'historical mistake'."
Information Warfare - Israel Wins Big
(June 22, 2004)
For 10 years Tim Llewellyn was the BBC's Middle East correspondent. In this passionately argued polemic he accuses British broadcasters, including his former employer, of systematic bias in covering the Arab-Israeli conflict, giving undue prominence to the views of the Israelis while all but disregarding the roots of the crisis and what is being done to the Palestinians.
Gearing Up for IRAN and North Korea
(June 21, 2004)
"...waiting to confront Iraq would have allowed the
United States to confront more immediate dangers....
Because our military is stretched so thin in Iraq, we cannot threaten military action in Iran or North Korea." Martin Peretz and The New Republic
REVOLT in WASHINGTON
(June 20, 2004)
Nader Speaks to Buchanon
(June 15, 2004)
He's going after the real conservative vote, so he says.
Crusade II - Reagan first brought the neocons to power
(June 09, 2004)
Cheney, Wolfowitz, Perle, Abrams, Bush...and the list goes on. Those who have recently led the crusade to invade Iraq, subjugate the Palestinians, and fight Islam, were brought to power in Washington for the first time some 23 years ago when Ronald Reagan of the once far-right was victorious over Jimmy Carter of the once mid-left in American politics. And some now forget that the man who greatly helped bring Ronald Reagan to power was none other than George Herbert Walker Bush, former head of the CIA, who now became Vice-President for the next eight years and then himself succeeded Reagan as President in 1989.
Realities of the "Reagan Plan" for the Middle East
(June 06, 2004)
The seeds for the Intifada and for Israel's increasingly aggressive escalating occupation of and dispossession of the Palestinian people were sown in the years of the Reagan Presidency. Indeed it was Ronald Reagan who first brought what we today call the "neocons" to power in Washington, and the right-wing Republicans who forged such a close alliance with the Israeli Likud of Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Shamir, and Ariel Sharon which had come to power in Israel in 1977 for the first time.