Monday, April 09, 2007

Lies & power behind US invasion of Iraq

Before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the CIA and even the Pentagon intelligence stated that the Iraqi government had no working contact with al-Qaeda.

That was of course ignored by the Bush Administration, who after realising that the WMD lie was not adequate enough as a plausible casus belli to attack, invade, and occupy Iraq, concocted up a Saddam Hussein’s link with al Qaeda.

The Bush Administration exploited American fear and hatred of al Qaeda, after that terrorist organisation made a series of attacks on US Embassies in Africa, a suicide attack on the USS Cole in Aden, and the mother of them all, the 9/11 Twin Tower attack.

Yessirree, throw in the al Qaeda name and you get Americans and America in topsy-turvy turmoil of both hated and deep fear – a sure winner for whatever Bush Administration fabrication and nonsense it chose to peddle.

Now, the Pentagon has declassified the whole 120-page document of its interrogations of Saddam Hussein and other seized documents which confirmed that there was no such link between the former Iraqi regime and al-Qaeda. In fact, in February it had already issued a two-page resumé of the report.

This late confirmation nonetheless destroyed the second nonsense of the three Bush Administration’s arguments for the war. Hans Blix of the UN Weapons Inspectorate had dismissed the first, that of WMD and Tony B-liar’s fabrication of a 45 minutes flight from Saddam’s launch pad to London.

The third nonsense? Of course that of ‘regime change’, which in all appropriateness should have been directed against an oppressive brutal Nazi-like Likud-Kadima Israeli government. But alas, the world wasn’t meant to be fair, not with a moronic US President who has been led by the nose all the way into the Iraqi quagmire.

Talking about Israel, guess who was the bloke who provided this fabrication of the Saddam-Osama nexus?

None other than Douglas Feith.

The Pentagon report stated that the office of then-undersecretary of defence Douglas Feith, one of the foremost advocates for invading Iraq after the 2001 attacks, had deliberately ignored the CIA's position.

Feith, like Paul Wolfowitz, another strong advocate for invading Iraq (and Anwar Ibrahim’s good buddy), is an American Jew with relatives in Israel.

Feith’s office claimed that Baghdad had a working relationship with al-Qaeda. In a briefing to the chief of staff of Vice President Dick Cheney in September 2002, Feith falsely presented the al Qaeda-Iraq relationship as ‘mature’ and ‘symbiotic’. He alleged that the two cooperated in 10 areas, including training, financing and logistics.

The Bush Administration picked up Feith’s briefing as a casus belli for war against Iraq, despite the US intelligence community stating at the time there were ‘no conclusive sign’ of any links between Iraq and al-Qaeda, and that ‘direct cooperation ... has not been established’ between the two.

Now, here’s a bit of background about the sort of person Douglas Feith has been. His father Dalck was a member of the Betar, a Revisionist Zionist youth organization in Poland. The Jewist terrorist group, Irgun of which former Israeli PMs Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir were members, sprung from the Betar. Irgun subsequently became Likud (the party of both Benjamin Netanyahu, and Ariel Sharon), which splintered off into Kadima, the current party ruling Israel in coalition with Labour.

In its early days, Zionist revisionism advocated the creation of a Jewish state on both sides of the Jordan River, that is, a state which would include the present-day West Bank and all or part of the modern state of Jordan.

Menachem Begin was such a terrorist and Zionist-religious fanatic that during his visit to New York City sometime in December, 1948, two dozen prominent Jews including Albert Einstein, Hannah Arendt, and Sidney Hook wrote a letter to the New York Times condemning Begin and his party.

They compared Revisionist Zionism (like Menachem Begin’s terrorist group Irgun) to Nazi and fascist parties’, which as KTemoc has often averred, still exist in Israel with all its Gestapo and SS brutal atrocities against Palestinians.

The Einstein group declared that it would be inconceivable for those who opposed fascism throughout the world to support the movement Begin represented. Begin's Irgun participated in the massacre of 260 Palestnians at Deir Yassin, an Israeli version of My Lai.

Well, the USA took no notice of those prominent American Jews, and today, Begin’s equally fascist heirs are continuing to enjoy American patronage and protection for their war crimes against the Palestinian and Lebanese people.

Douglas Feith, a scion of a Betar member, has been a brilliant scholar who graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1975. While at Harvard, Feith’s mentor was Professor Richard Pipes, the head of Harvard's Russian Research Center and the father of Daniel Pipes, also an American Jew reputed to be virulently anti-Arab.

Jolly ‘good’ company and that sort of upbringing.

But the irony for the USA is this man showed such dedicated loyalty to Israel that you wonder whether he's an American citizen. According to The Nelson Report, a Washington newsletter, when Feith was standing in for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld at a 2003 interagency 'Principals' Meeting' debating the Middle East, after he ended his remarks on behalf of the Pentagon, Condoleezza Rice said to him:

"Thanks Doug, but when we want the Israeli position we'll invite the ambassador."

It goes to show.

In 1997, he even published a lengthy article ‘A Strategy for Israel’. Two years later, Feith was one of those who signed an open letter to President Bill Clinton calling for the US to get rid of Saddam Hussein, who was a thorn in Israel’s side.

Feith also served on the board of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), a think tank that claims to promote military and strategic alliance between the US and Israel, but has a more important objective, that of educating American leaders on what it [JINSA] views as the vital strategic relationship between the United States and Israel, in other words, Israeli interests.

The Nation, the oldest continuously published weekly political magazine in the US, described JINSA’s program as:

"The bulk of JINSA's modest annual budget is spent on taking a bevy of retired US generals and admirals to Israel, where JINSA facilitates meetings between Israeli officials and the still-influential US flag officers, who, upon their return to the States, happily write op-eds and sign letters and advertisements championing the Likudnik line."

Inother words, JINSA promotes the ideology and policies of the Likud Party of Israel to the US military.

The Nation also alleged that JINSA are underwritten by far-right American Zionists who believed strongly that 'regime change by any means necessary in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian Authority is an urgent imperative. Anyone who dissents -- be it Colin Powell's State Department, the CIA or career military officers -- is committing heresy against articles of faith that effectively hold there is no difference between US and Israeli national security interests, and that the only way to assure continued safety and prosperity for both countries is through hegemony in the Middle East -- a hegemony achieved with the traditional cold war recipe of feints, force, clientism and covert action.’

According to Karen DeYoung's 2006 biography of Colin Powell, Powell stated that 'JINSA had influenced Vice President Richard Cheney and others in the Bush administration to rid Israel of Palestine's supporters and protect Israel's security by neutralizing Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon and Libya by invading and changing those regimes to democracies.'

‘… regimes to democracies …’ means regimes subservient or friendly to Israel, like Jordan and Egypt.

But it explains why the US had insisted on the folly of invading Iraq against the advice of its intelligence community, the State Department (then under Colin Powell) and its European allies (except for sycophant Tony B-Liar) and frequently threatens Iran. It's a decision of Israel, by Israel and for Israel - hallelujah!

Feith also cofounded the organization ‘One Jerusalem’ to oppose the Oslo peace agreement. Its purpose is ‘saving a united Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel.’

Lieutenant Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski, who was a Desk Officer in Feith's Policy organization, spoke of Feith as a very arrogant person. She said of the way Feith worked: "He doesn't utilize a wide variety of inputs. He seeks information that confirms what he already thinks. And he may go to jail for leaking classified information to The Weekly Standard."

Kwiatkowski believed that an article that appeared in the right wing The Weekly Standard included a classified memo written by Feith alleging ties between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda.

Two other neo conservative American Jews, William Kristol and Robert Kagan are top people in the The Weekly Standard and also founding members of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), a neo conservative think-tank with strong ties to the American Heritage Foundation, and which had advocated the invasion and occupation of Iraq as early back as Bill Clinton’s presidency. Clinton ignored their Iraqi proposal.

Other notable members of PNAC have been Elliott Abrams (of the ilk of Douglas Feith, perhaps even more so), Aaron Friedberg, and Paul Wolfowitz.

And who has benefitted most from the US invasion of Iraq?

No prize if you say Israel.

Now, if this sounds like a conspiracy theory of Israeli domination of the world (or at least of an aimless USA under a moron), well, let's say it's just a coincidence.

Iran, another thorn in Israel's side and a more frightening one than Saddam's Iraq, would have been next for US attack, invasion and occupation if the US isn't currently stuck in the blood bath that is Iraq. But with Bush still in the chair, the bets of Iran being attacked from the air isn't completely off yet.

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