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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2004 12:04 am    Post subject: NY TIMES: NEOCONS COOKED INTEL FOR IRAQ WAR Reply to topic

When reading the article (included below) which appeared on the front page of the New York Times yesterday, notice all the Zionist extremists who are associated with JINSA (Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs)/PNAC (Project for the New American Century):

http://www.warwithoutend.co.uk/zone0/viewtopic.php?t=10558&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=10&sid=61183abe4c4de1ee8479b7c19dc82148

See how many of the Zionist extremists traitors mentioned in the New York Times article included below were also mentioned in this 'Whose War?' article by Pat Buchanan:

Pat Buchanan's 'Whose War?' article (also from the American Conservative magazine) is a MUST READ as well (if you would like to know more about the JINSA/PNAC Neocons who have hijacked the Bush regime's Middle East policy for their Israel firster agenda):

http://www.amconmag.com/03_24_03/cover.html


http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/28/politics/28INTE.html

April 28, 2004
How Pair's Finding on Terror Led to Clash on Shaping Intelligence
By JAMES RISEN

ASHINGTON, April 27 — Soon after the Sept. 11 attacks, a two-man intelligence team set up shop in a windowless, cipher-locked room at the Pentagon, searching for evidence of links between terrorist groups and host countries.

The men culled classified material, much of it uncorroborated data from the C.I.A. "We discovered tons of raw intelligence," said Michael Maloof, one of the pair. "We were stunned that we couldn't find any mention of it in the C.I.A.'s finished reports."

They recorded and annotated their evidence on butcher paper hung like a mural around their small office. By the end of the year, as the rubble was being cleared from the World Trade Center and United States forces were fighting in Afghanistan, the men had constructed a startling new picture of global terrorism.

Old ethnic, religious and political divides between terrorist groups were breaking down, the two men warned, posing an ominous new threat. They saw alliances among a wide range of Islamic terrorists, and theorized about a convergence of Sunni and Shiite extremist groups and secular Arab governments. Their conclusions, delivered to senior Bush administration officials, connected Iraq and Al Qaeda, Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.

In doing so, the team also helped set off a controversy over the shaping of intelligence that continues today.

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is investigating whether the unit — named the Counter Terrorism Evaluation Group by its creator, Douglas J. Feith, the under secretary of defense for policy — exaggerated the threat posed by Iraq to justify the war.

The C.I.A. and other intelligence agencies found little evidence to support the Pentagon's view of an increasingly unified terrorist threat or links between Mr. Hussein and Mr. bin Laden, and still largely dismiss those ideas. Foreign Islamic fighters have sought haven in Iraq since the American-led invasion and some Sunnis and Shiites have banded together against the occupiers, but the agencies say that is the result of anger and chaotic conditions, not proof of prewar alliances.

And with criticism mounting in recent weeks as the conflict has become more bloody, President Bush has found himself forced to defend once more how the war on terror led to Baghdad.

Some critics argue that some of the first steps were taken by Mr. Feith's little intelligence shop. Whether its findings influenced the thinking of policy makers or merely provided talking points that buttressed long-held views, the unit played a role in the administration's evolving effort to define the threat of Iraq — and sell it to the public.

Unable to reach a consensus on Iraq's terrorist ties because of the skepticism of the C.I.A. and the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Bush administration turned its focus to Iraq's weapons of mass destruction as the central rationale for war. Mr. Feith said his team was not involved in the analysis of those weapons.

But, he said in an interview, terrorism and Iraq's weapons became linked in the minds of top Bush administration officials. After Sept. 11 and the anthrax attacks that followed it, he said, the administration "focused on the danger that Iraq could provide the fruits of its W.M.D. programs to terrorists."

The president, as well as Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, alluded to connections between Iraq and Al Qaeda in their public statements. Mr. Bush also frequently warned of the risks that Mr. Hussein would share his weapons with terrorists.

"The worst thing that could happen would be to allow a nation like Iraq, run by Saddam Hussein, to develop weapons of mass destruction and then team up with a terrorist organization so they can blackmail the world," Mr. Bush said in an interview in April 2002.

The failure to find such weapons in Iraq has prompted a series of investigations into prewar intelligence. The Senate committee plans to complete its review, including its examination of the Feith group, in the next few months. The unit has often been confused with another Feith operation, called the Office of Special Plans, which Pentagon officials say was involved in prewar planning but not intelligence analysis.

Some intelligence experts charge that the unit had a secret agenda to justify a war with Iraq and was staffed with people who were handpicked by conservative Pentagon policy makers to arrive at preordained conclusions about Iraq and Al Qaeda.

"I don't have any problem with them bringing in a couple of people to take another look at the intelligence and challenge the assessments," said Patrick Lang, a former Middle East analyst for the D.I.A. "But the problem is that they brought in people who were not intelligence professionals, people brought in because they thought like them. They knew what answers they were going to get."

Mr. Feith defends his analysts. "I would be happy to have anybody come in and examine the quality of the work, whether it is supported by the data, whether it is logical, whether it is well-reasoned," he said.

He added: "There are real policy issues in this town that are worth fighting and debating. Some of them involve peace and war."

Mr. Feith created his team a few weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks to study links between terrorist groups and potential state sponsors around the world. Mr. Maloof and his colleague, David Wurmser began work in October 2001 in a 15-by-15-foot space on the third floor of the Pentagon. The pair spent their days reading raw intelligence reports, many from the Central Intelligence Agency, in the Pentagon's classified computer system.

"We began to pull together a mosaic," Mr. Maloof said.

Mr. Feith said his group was not set up as a rival to the C.I.A. "This is what policy people do all the time, they read the existing intelligence," he said. "We were not bypassing, we were not being secretive, we were not cutting the intel community out of this."

Resistance From Within

But the effort immediately aroused suspicions at the C.I.A. and the D.I.A. Mr. Feith and his two analysts were closely linked to Richard N. Perle, then chairman of a Pentagon advisory group and a leading neoconservative who had long advocated toppling Mr. Hussein and was a vocal critic of the C.I.A.

"I think the people working on the Persian Gulf at the C.I.A. are pathetic," Mr. Perle said in an interview. "They have just made too many mistakes. They have a record over 30 years of being wrong." He added that the agency "became wedded to a theory," that did not leave room for the possibility that Iraq was working with Al Qaeda, and that "they went to battle stations every time someone pointed to contrary evidence."

When Mr. Perle was a top defense official in the Reagan administration, Mr. Maloof, a former journalist, worked as his investigator, assembling evidence that the Soviet Union was stealing Western technology. Mr. Wurmser, a Middle East expert who had written a book that attacked the Clinton administration and the C.I.A. for their handling of Iraq in the 1990's, had worked at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank where Mr. Perle was a resident scholar. Mr. Feith had been Mr. Perle's deputy at the Pentagon. And while they were all out of government, Mr. Wurmser, Mr. Feith and Mr. Perle had signed a 1996 paper calling for the overthrow of Mr. Hussein to enhance Israel's security.

Despite their access to the Pentagon leadership, Mr. Maloof and Mr. Wurmser faced resistance from the C.I.A. and D.I.A.

They were initially denied access, for example, to the most highly classified documents in the Pentagon computer system. So Mr. Maloof returned regularly to his previous office in the Department of Defense, where he still could get the material. "We scoured what we could get up to the secret level, but we kept getting blocked when we tried to get more sensitive materials," Mr. Maloof said. "I would go back to my office, do a pull and bring it in."

Sometimes, they said, they were met with open hostility. In the Pentagon one day, a senior D.I.A. official told them, "You are not needed and not welcome," Mr. Maloof recalled.

Each week, they would brief Stephen A. Cambone, then Mr. Feith's principal deputy. By November 2001, as the Bush administration began war planning for Iraq, the unit had produced a slide presentation that they were told would be used by Mr. Rumsfeld in a NATO meeting.

The team's conclusions were alarming: old barriers that divided the major Islamic terrorist groups, including Al Qaeda, Hamas and Hezbollah, were coming down, and these groups were forging ties with one another and with secular Arab governments in an emerging terrorist war against the West.

Their analysis covered plenty of controversial ground. The two men identified members of the Saudi royal family who they said had aided Al Qaeda over the years. They warned that Al Qaeda had operatives in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, where they were establishing ties with the Iranian-backed Hezbollah. They suspected Abu Nidal, an aging Palestinian terrorist leader living in Baghdad, of being an indirect link between Iraq and Al Qaeda, even though many other analysts believed that he was essentially retired and that his once-fearsome organization had been shattered. Mr. Nidal died under mysterious circumstances in Baghdad in 2002.

The Pentagon conclusions were at odds with years of C.I.A. analysis. The agency was skeptical that governments as diverse as those in Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Iran could be linked to anything like a cohesive terrorist network. The C.I.A. and the D.I.A. believed that Feith's team had greatly exaggerated the significance of reported contacts among extremist groups and Arab states. The C.I.A. saw little evidence, for example, that the Sunni-dominated Qaeda and the Shiite-dominated Hezbollah had worked together on terrorist attacks.

And there was little proof that Mr. Hussein was working on terror plots with Mr. bin Laden, a religious extremist who viewed the Baghdad regime as a corrupt, secular enemy. "The divides do matter," a senior C.I.A. official said. "But if you work hard enough in this nasty world, you can link just about anybody to anybody else."

Another agency official summed up the Feith team's work by saying, "Leave no dot unconnected."

Mr. Maloof defends their analysis. "We had to justify every single connection we made," he said. "But the intelligence community had preconceived notions, and if the information didn't fit into those notions, then they simply ignored it."

At the end of 2001, Mr. Maloof and Mr. Wurmser briefed top Pentagon officials as well as John R. Bolton, the under secretary of state for arms control and international security and a veteran of the American Enterprise Institute. Mr. Maloof also met with Mr. Perle at his suburban Washington home. As chairman of the Defense Policy Board, an advisory group, he had security clearance.

That session was interrupted by a call from Ahmad Chalabi, the leader of the Iraqi National Congress, an exile group. At Mr. Maloof's request, Mr. Perle asked Mr. Chalabi, now a member of the interim government of Iraq, to have his staff provide Mr. Maloof information gleaned from defectors and others. The request was unusual, because Mr. Feith's analysts were supposed to review intelligence, not collect it. And Mr. Chalabi at that time had a lucrative contract to provide information on Iraq exclusively to the State Department, which would send it along to the intelligence agencies.

Mr. Maloof later met with member of the Iraqi National Congress's staff. As it turned out, Mr. Chalabi was a risky source: some of the information his group provided was incorrect or fabricated, intelligence officials now believe.

Sharing Their Findings

A high point for the team was a 45-minute briefing for Paul D. Wolfowitz, deputy secretary of defense, in November 2001. "Wolfowitz said, `How come I'm not hearing this from anybody else?' " Mr. Maloof said. "We said, because no one else has done the analysis." Mr. Wolfowitz did not respond to several requests for comment.

By early 2002, the team had completed a 150-page briefing and slide presentation for Mr. Feith.

"There was intelligence about contacts among these different players — the organizations, the state sponsors, the nonstate sponsors," Mr. Feith said. "There was intelligence about contacts among them that crossed ideological lines to a greater extent than perhaps some people had appreciated before."

"The connections could be tight or loose," he added. "I don't mean to suggest that all international terrorists are really operating from a single organization. They're not. We use the term `network' advisedly."

Soon after finishing the report, Mr. Wurmser moved to the State Department, and then joined Mr. Cheney's staff. He declined to be interviewed.

Mr. Maloof's Pentagon career was damaged in December 2001, when his security clearances were revoked. He was accused of having unauthorized contact with a foreign national, a woman he had met while traveling in the Republic of Georgia and eventually married. Mr. Maloof said he complied with all requirements to disclose the relationship. Several intelligence professionals say he came under scrutiny because of suspicions that he had leaked classified information in the past to the news media, a charge that Mr. Maloof denies. His lawyer, Sam Abady says that Mr. Maloof was a target because of his controversial intelligence work and political ties to conservative Pentagon leaders.

An appeals board reinstated his clearances after Mr. Feith and Mr. Perle wrote letters to the D.I.A. But the intervention angered some intelligence officials, and a second panel reversed course in April 2003. Mr. Maloof is now on paid leave.

Mr. Feith, meanwhile, was eager to continue the work and turned it over to two D.I.A. analysts detailed to him. In the spring and summer of 2002, Christina Shelton, another agency analyst assigned to him, was reviewing old intelligence reports on Al Qaeda when she saw patterns suggesting connections between the Baghdad regime and the group. She became infuriated when one agency official told her that pursuing such leads "would only help Wolfowitz," a Pentagon official recalled.

She began to fight back. That summer, officials say, the C.I.A. issued a classified report entitled "Iraq-Al Qaeda — a murky relationship." After reading it, Ms. Shelton wrote a critical cover memo urging Pentagon policy makers to focus on the underlying intelligence rather than the agency's assessments, according to officials familiar with the incident. With the other analysts on Mr. Feith's staff, she produced a new assessment of Iraq and Al Qaeda suggesting closer ties than the C.I.A. thought existed.

Confronting the C.I.A.

After they briefed Mr. Feith on their work, they were sent to Mr. Rumsfeld, who urged them to talk to George J. Tenet, the director of central intelligence. In August 2002, Mr. Feith led his team to the C.I.A.

Mr. Tenet and other agency officials were skeptical of the Feith team's conclusions, according to one agency official who attended the briefing.

"They did point out some individual facts that we hadn't focused on," the official said, "but I don't think anything they briefed to us fundamentally changed our bottom line on the issue."

The main dispute was over whether the reports of contacts between Iraq and Al Qaeda meant that Iraq had been sponsoring the group's terrorist operations.

"We believed in contact, offers of safe haven, but no operational activity," the intelligence official said.

A few weeks later, on Sept. 16, 2002, Feith's team briefed Stephen J. Hadley, the deputy national security advisor, and I. Lewis Libby, a senior aide to Mr. Cheney. By that time, Mr. Cheney was already talking publicly about ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda. In an appearance on "Meet the Press" just before the first anniversary of 9/11, he said that even without evidence of direct involvement by Baghdad in the attacks, the Hussein regime may have supported Al Qaeda.

"New information has come to light," Mr. Cheney said. "And we spent time looking at that relationship between Iraq, on the one hand, and the Al Qaeda organization on the other. And there has been reporting that suggests that there have been a number of contacts over the years.

Despite Mr. Cheney's assertions and the efforts of Mr. Feith's office, the Bush administration ultimately decided that the terrorism link was not strong enough to use as the central justification for war with Iraq. Instead, the administration focused on Mr. Hussein's illicit weapons, relying on assessments by the C.I.A. and other intelligence agencies.

But Mr. Feith said that the evidence of Baghdad's terrorist links, when coupled with the threat of Mr. Hussein providing illicit weapons to groups like Al Qaeda, helped support the administration's case.

After 9/11, the administration reviewed the evidence about Iraq in a new light, he said. "One question was: Was Iraq involved in 9/11? We found no hard link. What about Iraq-Al Qaeda links in general? Well, there were some, but that wasn't the essence of the Saddam Hussein threat. The danger of Saddam's providing W.M.D. to Al Qaeda or another terrorist group — there you had a real problem, because his record on W.M.D. was indisputable."

Step Forward Mr. Chalabi: The JINSA Connection:

http://itszone.co.uk/zone0/viewtopic.php?t=13757


http://itszone.co.uk/zone0/viewtopic.php?t=14288
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2004 12:26 am    Post subject: Perle, Feith and Wurmser Wrote 'A Clean Break' Reply to topic

Access the 'A Clean Break' link which is embedded in the following article as it is mentioned in the above New York Times article and was co-authored by JINSA/PNAC Zionist extremists Richard Perle, Douglas Feith and David Wurmser who are all mentioned above as well:

http://www.antiwar.com/justin/j100603.html

A WAR FOR ISRAEL:

http://www.leftcurve.org/LC28WebPages/WarForIsrael.html

Access the 'War Conceived in Israel' article which is linked under the map of 'greater Israel' after scrolling down to it on the left at the following URL:

http://www.nowarforisrael.com
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2004 12:38 am    Post subject: Insider info on the JINSA/PNAC Neo-Cons Reply to topic

Insider info on the JINSA/PNAC Neo-Cons

http://www.amconmag.com/12_1_03/feature.html

December 1, 2003 issue


In Rumsfelds Shop


A senior Air Force officer watches as the neocons consolidate their Pentagon coup.


By Karen Kwiatkowski
______________________________________________

In a coming installment, Lieutenant Colonel Kwiatkowsi relates what happens when a group of Israeli generals treads the well-worn (for them) path to Douglas Feith’s office.

Additional material on Lieutenant Colonel Karen Kwiatkowsi is included at the following URL:

http://itszone.co.uk/zone0/viewtopic.php?t=10558

Pat Buchanan's 'Whose War?' article (also from the American Conservative magazine) is a MUST READ as well (if you would like to know more about the JINSA/PNAC Neocons who have hijacked the Bush regime's Middle East policy for their Israel firster agenda):

http://www.amconmag.com/03_24_03/cover.html
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2004 1:03 am    Post subject: Woodward: Cheney's Unwavering JINSA/PNAC Desire for War Reply to topic

Woodward: Cheney's Unwavering JINSA/PNAC Desire for War:

http://itszone.co.uk/zone0/viewtopic.php?t=14795

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Robert Fisk and Jason Vest on JINSA:

http://www.robert-fisk.com/articles114.htm

http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20020902&s=vest


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JINSA/PNAC Neocons Wanted Iraq Invasion Well before Bush Presidency:


http://www.warwithoutend.co.uk/zone0/viewtopic.php?t=1970&sid=50468e962874b343d1850634100c6a6f

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NO US SOLDIER/MARINE SHOULD HAVE TO DIE IN IRAQ FOR ISRAEL TO GET OIL:

http:/www.nogw.com/waforisrael.html

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How Israel Controls and US Congress and Media:

http://www.warwithoutend.co.uk/zone0/viewtopic.php?t=53&sid=50468e962874b343d1850634100c6a6f

Subj: Raimondo: War on Iraq as a "Covert Operation"
Date: 4/21/04 4:27:07 AM Pacific Daylight Time
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Friends,

Raimondo: War on Iraq as a "Covert Operation"

Raimondo asks and answers the question that mainstream Bob Woodward dares not consider. "Bob Woodward says the neocons set up a 'separate government' – but to what purpose?" I am not even sure Woodward dared to utter the word "neocon," but that was the cast of characters he identified. Raimondo writes: "While mind-reading George W. Bush is like trying to discern the hidden meaning of a blank page, the neoconservative mindset is hardly a state secret. In understanding what motivates them in their relentless pursuit of ‘regime change,’ not only in Iraq but throughout the Middle East, one only has to ask: Who benefits, and who pays?" Of course, America pays, Sharon’s Israel benefits.

Regarding the benefits to Sharon’s Israel, Raimondo points out:


"Israel's West Bank annexation – piously described as a ‘unilateral withdrawal’ by Sharon and his amen corner in the West – is the first big payoff"


"The de facto disintegration and break-up of Iraq as a unitary nation, an increasingly likely consequence of the U.S. invasion, is an outcome that, again, benefits Israel, to the detriment of American interests. A campaign to similarly atomize Syria is next, with economic sanctions already in place, and a border incident waiting to happen. But the War Party's agenda doesn't end in Damascus: it's on to Tehran, Riyadh, and, eventually, Cairo."

Of course, destabilization of the Middle East was long time Likudnik policy—Oded Yinon’s policy paper entitled, "A Strategy for Israel in the 1980s," proposed a plan for the destabilization and fragmentation of Israel’s Middle East enemies. [http://www.theunjustmedia.com/the%20zionist_plan_for_the_middle_east.htm].

And, as I pointed out in an earlier message [Iraq in Israel’s Grand Strategy], the idea of breaking up Israel’s Arab neighbors actually was Zionist policy prior to the independence of Israel in 1948, and was promoted by David Ben-Gurion himself. http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/print/2003/634/op2.htm

What Woodward describes as the "separate government" (run by neocons) actually became THE US GOVERNMENT.

Raimondo writes: "In effect, the neocons pulled off a coup d'etat, a palace revolution in which veteran government officials like Richard Clarke, and the CIA and Pentagon ‘old guard,’ were pushed aside. . . . If the purpose of the U.S. government is to protect American security and interests, then why did there need to be a "separate" and competing government – unless that government was pursuing other, non-American interests?"

Raimondo goes on to describe the war on Iraq as a successful "covert operation."

"There is, however, no way to understand where we are, and how we got here, unless we see the push to get us into Iraq as a successful covert operation. A success, that is, not in terms of American interests, but in the terms of those who carried it out."

"On the other hand, the concept of the Iraq war as a successful Israeli covert operation is altogether plausible. It would hardly be the first time a foreign government made a concerted effort to drag us into war on their side. And just look at the pattern of recent events: Israel gains, America pays: Israel assassinates, Americans die: Israel conquers, and the American government concurs wholeheartedly: Israel says ‘Jump!’ and the government of the United States only wants to know how high. Israel's partisans inside the U.S. government – who, according to top officials and other ‘defectors,’ set up their own ‘separate government’ – seized the helm and steered the American ship of state into turbulent waters."

Raimondo has done an excellent job in pointing out how the neocons were the fundamental driving force for this was and actually drove the build-up for the war. He has been on this issue from the very beginning, and must be commended for having the courage to do so. However, I disagree with his description of the neocon operation as a "covert operation." There was nothing very covert about Israel or the neocons, and their very open support of Israel. They have made it quite public. And many openly hold important positions of power regarding national security in the Bush administration. Obviously, some of their operations have been secretive, and they didn’t just come out and say that they were leading the US into war to advance the interests of Israel. However, the link between the neocons and Israel and Israel and the war on Iraq was quite obvious. It has even seeped out in the mainstream media. But most mainstream folk have not have the courage to pursue the issue very far and give it the publicity that it needs. Hence, average Americans are generally unaware of the neocons’ role. Of course, this failure and fear is due the taboo on saying anything that displeases powerful Jewish organizations, which can bring about the lethal charge of "anti-Semitism."

I discussed all this in my "The War on Iraq: Conceived in Israel." http://www.thornwalker.com/ditch/conc_toc.htm

The only activity that was definitely "covert" (if it did exist) was the possible links between Administration officials and Israel to the September 11 terrorism. Did leading members of the Bush Administration intentionally avoid authorizing actions that might have stopped the terrorists? What was the connection to 911 of the Mossad agents in the US, some of whom lived near chief terrorist Mohammed Atta in Hollywood, Florida, while others took pictures of the burning World Trade Towers and celebrated? In short, the neocon push for war was pretty open, although more can still be learned, but the September 11 terrorism still has its significant mysteries, which may never be uncovered (and, of course, will definitely never be uncovered if no one dares to make an extensive investigation).



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http://www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=2340



April 19, 2004

Plan of Attack

Bob Woodward says the neocons set up a 'separate government' – but to what purpose?

by Justin Raimondo
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Resident Bush is so desperate to get the UN to take Iraq off his hands
in time for the November election that by continuing to support Brahemi
he is taking the chance in crossing Israel and the pro-Israel lobby who
have strongly rejected the UN envoy's comments about Israel poisoning
the Middle East. There is clearly a struggle taking place within
Washington as Bush and Rove have realized that this was the neocons' war
and that they conned Bush in to believing it would be a cakewalk.

Jeff B

http://forward.com/main/article.php?ref=nir200404291034



Thursday, April 29, 2004
Jerusalem Is Worried About Talk Of Linkage
Fears Pressure From Iraq War
By Ori Nir
April 30, 2004

WASHINGTON — Israeli leaders fear that increasing international efforts to link Iraq's troubles with Israel's will lead to American pressure on Jerusalem for concessions.

Fueling these fears is the Bush administration's determination to stand by the United Nations special envoy to Iraq, Lakhdar Brahimi, even after he partially blamed American support of Israeli policies for the failure to stabilize Iraq. Both Israel and American Jewish groups rushed to condemn and discredit Brahimi following his remarks last week, but U.S. officials are standing by the U.N. envoy that President Bush has charged with "figuring out the nature of the entity" that will assume power in Iraq on June 30.

Testifying Tuesday before Congress, John Negroponte, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and Bush's nominee to become America's ambassador to Iraq, said that he had "no doubt" that "Lakhdar Brahimi is the man for the job."

While Jewish communal leaders were working to rebut Brahimi's remarks connecting Israel and Iraq, a group of more than 50 former British diplomats were emphasizing the connection, as they took aim at Bush's top European ally, British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The former diplomats blasted Blair for supporting American policies in Iraq and Israel.

The flap over Brahimi and the protest in Britain come as U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell is set to meet next week with his counterparts in the so-called diplomatic "Quartet" of America, Russia, the U.N. and the European Union. Powell's plan is to discuss ways of implementing Sharon's unilateral plan to disengage from Gaza, withdraw Israeli military forces from areas in the West Bank and uproot four West Bank settlements.

E.U. foreign ministers, meeting in Luxembourg Monday, officially called "on both sides to resume negotiations on the peace process without further delay." At next week's quartet meeting, the Europeans plan to outline several conditions on the peace process in exchange for supporting Sharon's plan, an E.U. diplomat who spoke to the Forward said. Asked if E.U. officials think they are in a good bargaining position because of America's need for support in Iraq, the diplomat replied: "Yes, we do see the U.S. looking for international support in the U.N. process for Iraq — sure."

Israel and its backers in Washington are concerned that the need to win support from U.N. and E.U. leaders on Iraq will cause the White House to give in to their demands regarding the peace process. In particular, Israel supporters say, they fear that in an effort to stabilize Iraq, Bush will force Sharon to negotiate with the Palestinian Authority, despite its failure to fight terrorism and adopt meaningful political reforms.

"Jewish groups were concerned with the Israel-Iraq linkage from the beginning but we were able to stop it," said the director of the Anti-Defamation League, Abraham Foxman. But, he added, "now it has resurfaced in an uglier way with Brahimi and the letter from the British ambassadors."

This "linkage" is unlikely to come apart any time soon, argued former U.S. ambassador to Israel, Martin Indyk, in an opinion essay published Sunday in the Washington Post.

"The president's need to spread the burden of responsibility in Gaza and Iraq at the same time renders him vulnerable to the demands of his putative partners in Palestinian state-building," wrote Indyk, a top Middle East adviser in the Clinton administration. He argued that "these chickens will come to roost in early May," when America's quartet partners "seek their own letter of support of U.S. assurance," and, next, when King Abdullah of Jordan and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak start making demands.

Indyk noted that similar pressure — from Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah in 2001 and Blair on the eve of the Iraq war in 2003 — forced Bush to dive head first into the Israeli-Palestinian negotiating process. Each time, the president stepped up the push for Palestinian statehood.

Now, E.U. officials are set to present Powell with a long list of demands at the quartet meeting next week. According to the E.U. diplomat who spoke to the Forward, European representatives plan to demand a complete Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, plus assurances that Israel will not return to Gaza, the 7,500 Jewish settlers evacuated from Gaza will not be resettled in the West Bank, the process of handing over the Jewish settlements in Gaza will be "well planned and managed," and, "above all," the quartet-backed "road map" peace plan will be "maintained as the road to a two-state solution, negotiated by the parties."

"Sharon is paying lip service to the road map," the E.U. diplomat said. The challenge, he added, is to require "meaningful and real" adherence to the quartet-backed plan.

Administration sources said that while the White House is determined to utilize the services of Brahimi, and has no intention of withdrawing hs support of Sharon's plan, it is considering ways of calming Arab wrath. In an attempt to gain a modicum of support in Iraq, administration sources said, the White House is considering ways to "balance" President Bush's assurances to Sharon regarding West Bank settlements and Palestinian refugees.

One idea the administration is considering, the sources said, is a letter of assurances to the Palestinians, to be delivered through Jordan, when Jordan's King Abdullah visits Washington next week. The administration is also trying to influence Arab satellite television stations to end their continuing comparison between Israeli and American occupation.

Brahimi has thrust the question of whether the Bush administration has done enough to push the road map through into the spotlight, by bluntly asserted that America has given Israel carte blanche in the territories, and therefore complicating his mission in Iraq. Brahimi told reporters in Paris last week that "the policy of Israel is a poison in the region, and that is the feeling of everyone in the region and beyond."

Elaborating on his criticism, Brahimi told ABC News Sunday: "What I hear is that these Americans who are occupying us are the Americans who are giving blanket support to Israel to do whatever they like." Asked how he responds to such Iraqi sentiments, Brahimi said, "That is my problem. I have no answer to their questions about the situation in the Middle East." He added: "I think there is unanimity in the Arab world, and indeed in much of the rest of the world, that the Israeli policy is wrong, that Israeli policy is brutal, repressive, and that they are not interested in peace no matter what you seem to believe in America."

Some diplomatic sources in Washington suggested that Brahimi, a Sunni, was trying to appeal to Iraqi pan-Arab nationalistic sentiments in order to bolster his credibility in Iraq and to win the trust of Iraq's Shiite majority.

Brahimi was swiftly condemned by Israel and several Jewish groups including the ADL, the American Jewish Committee and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Brahimi's comments, however, were downplayed by officials at the U.N. and the State Department, who chose to focus on what they described as his important work in Iraq.

The administration's increasing reliance on Brahimi and the U.N. has attracted a rising tide of criticism from conservatives generally supportive of the White House, including former Reagan administration officials Richard Perle and Frank Gaffney.

Michael Rubin, former governance advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq and currently a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, said that America's apparent willingness to tolerate Brahimi's comments is a case of "trading short term expediency for the long term good of the Iraqi people." Rubin argued that "among both U.S. Central Command and the State Department there are people who are more concerned with America's relations with regional states than they are in seeing the president's agenda succeed."

With reporting from Ami Eden in New York and Marc Perelman in Berlin.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2004 2:22 am    Post subject: Perle backing Chalabi, against elections in Iraq Reply to topic

Perle backing Chalabi, against elections in Iraq

Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2004 01:46:17 +1000 From: "makichris"
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http://www.juancole.com/ Perle at the Senate Committee on Foreign
Relations

It was quite an experience to be on the same panel on Tuesday with
Richard Perle and Toby Dodge, before the US Senate Committee on Foreign
Relations. Perle wasn't added until the last minute, and it is
mysterious why he was there, since ours was supposed to be an "expert"
panel. Dodge has an important book on Iraq. Originally Ahmad Hashim was
going to be on with us (he came Wednesday instead), and then we heard
Perle had been put on. Perle, of course, is no Iraq expert. He doesn't
know a word of Arabic, and has never lived anywhere in the Arab world.

Perle's entire testimony was a camouflaged piece of flakking for Ahmad
Chalabi. He complained that the State Department and the CIA had not
created a private army for Chalabi and had not cooperated with him.
Perle did not mention Chalabi's name, but it was clear that was who he
was talking about (State and CIA famously dropped Chalabi in the
mid-1990s when they asked him to account for the millions they had given
him, and he could not).

In fact, Perle kept talking about "the Iraqis" when it was clear he
meant Chalabi. He said the US should have turned power over to "the
Iraqis" long before now.

But here's an interesting contradiction. I said at one point that I
thought Bremer should have acquiesced in Grand Ayatollah Sistani's
request for open elections to be held this spring, and that if they had
been, it might have forestalled the recent blow-up. I had in mind that
Muqtada al-Sadr in particular would have been kept busy acting as a ward
boss, trying to get his guys returned from East Baghdad & Kufa, etc.

Perle became alarmed and said that scheduling early elections would not
have prevented the "flare-up" because the people who mounted it were
enemies of freedom and uninterested in elections. Perle has this bizarre
black and white view of the world and demonizes people right and left. A
lot of the Mahdi Army young men who fought for Muqtada are just
neighborhood youth, une mployed and despairing. Some are fanatics, but
most of them don't hate freedom-- most of them have no idea what it is,
having never experienced democracy.

But anyway, what struck me was the contradiction between Perle's
insistence that the US should have handed power over to Iraqis months
ago, and his simultaneous opposition to free and fair elections. The
only conclusion I can draw is that he wants power handed to Chalabi, who
would then be a kind of dictator and would not go to the polls any time
soon.

Perle also at one point said he didn't think the events of the first two
weeks of April were a "mass uprising" and said he thought Fallujah was
quiet now. (Nope).

It is indicative of the Alice in Wonderland world in which these
Washington Think Tank operators live that Perle could make such an
obviously false observation with a straight face. Even a child who has
been watching CNN for the past three weeks would know that there was a
mass uprising. (Even ten percent of the American-trained police switched
sides and joined the opposition, and 40% of Iraqi security men refused
to show up to fight the insurgents.)

I replied, pointing out that the US had lost control of most of Baghdad,
its supply and communications lines to the south were cut, and a ragtag
band of militiamen in Kut chased the Ukrainian troops off their base and
occupied it. It was an uprising. I suppose Perle hopes that if he says
it wasn't an uprising, at least some people who aren't paying attention
will believe him. It is bizarre.

It reminded me of the scene in Ladykillers where the fraudsters set off
an explosion in a lady's basement, and she hears it while outside in a
car, and is alarmed, and the Tom Hanks character says in a honeyed
southern accent, "Why, Ah don't believe Ah heard anything at all." I
could just see Perle in a Panama hat at that point playing the
character.

It is deeply shameful that Perle is still pushing Chalabi, and may well
succeed in installing him. Chalabi is wanted for embezzling $300 million
from a Jordanian bank. He cannot account for millions of US government
money given him from 1992 to 1996. He was flown into Iraq by the
Pentagon (Perle was on the Defense Advisory Board, a civilian oversight
committee for the Pentagon) with a thousand of his militiamen. The US
military handed over to Chalabi, a private citizen, the Baath
intelligence files that showed who had been taking money from Saddam,
giving Chalabi the ability to blackmail large numbers of Iraqi and
regional actors. It was Chalabi who insisted that the Iraqi army be
disbanded, and Perle almost certainly was an intermediary for that
stupid decision. It was Chalabi who insisted on blacklisting virtually
all Baath Party members, even if they had been guilty of no crimes,
effectively marginalizing all the Sunni Iraqi technocrats who could
compete with him for power. It was Chalabi who finagled his way onto the
Interim Governing Council even though he has no grassroots support (only
0.2 percent of Iraqis say they trust him).

Now Chalabi's nephew Salem has been put in charge of the trial of Saddam
Hussein. Salem is a partner in Zell and Feith, a Jerusalem-based law
firm headed by a West Bank settler, in which Douglas Feith, the
undersecretary of Defense for Planning, is also a senior partner when
not in the US government. You can be assured that the trial will be
conducted on behalf of the Bush administration and the Neocons, and on
behalf of the Chalabis. Since the Chalabis have been trying to overthrow
Saddam for decades, it is hard to see how this can have even the
appearance of an impartial tribunal.

Anyway, Perle was just a one-note Johnny, with his whole message being
"We must give away Iraq to Ahmad Chalabi yesterday! That will solve all
the problems."

If the Bush administration listens to Perle and puts Chalabi in as a
soft dictator, it will be the final nail in the coffin of the Iraq
enterprise. The whole thing is already going very badly wrong. Chalabi
will play iceberg to the Iraq/Bush Titanic.

It would be really interesting to know the list of secret promises
Chalabi has given Perle (and presumably the Israelis through Perle) that
would explain this Neocon fervor for the man.

By the way, that Jordanian bank that Chalabi embezzled from in the
1980s? There has been speculation that he was using it to launder
Iranian money for the Khomeini war effort against Saddam. So perhaps
from his point of view, he hadn't so much embezzled $300 million at the
end, but rather collected his retainer from Tehran.

Since Perle was the source of most of the rotten advice that got the US
into its current quagmire in Iraq, and since he was forced to resign as
chairman of the Defense Advisory Board under a cloud of scandal, it was
doubly inappropriate for him to be testifying before the Senate about
what to do in Iraq.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2004 6:39 am    Post subject: Woodward Book Blows Lid off Neocon Conspiracy for Iraq War Reply to topic

http://www.warwithoutend.co.uk/zone0/viewtopic.php?t=14631&sid=3199842c87c4d7fb21dc402ff8e9c856
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2004 6:42 am    Post subject: More on Perle who is a Zionist Traitor to America Reply to topic

http://www.fpp.co.uk/online/02/12/Counterpunch_1.html
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2004 6:45 am    Post subject: Israel's War! Reply to topic

Just saw the following post on one of the AOL Iraq War message boards as it is referring to the 'A Clean Break' document (which was co-authored by JINSA/PNAC Chickenhawks Richard Perle, Douglas Feith and David Wurmser for Israel):

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Subject: Israel's War!
Date: 4/26/04 4:43 PM Pacific Daylight Time
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"In 1996, when Benjamin Netanyahu was prepared to take office, eight Jewish neocon leaders sent him a six-page memo outlining an aggressive vision of government. At the top of their list was overthrowing Saddam. They sketched out a kind of domino theory in which the governments of Syria and other Arab countries might later fall or be replaced. They (also) urged Netanyahu to spurn the Oslo peace accords and stop making concessions to Palestinians. Lead writer of that memo was Richard Perle."
--- Ari Shavit, Haaretz News Service (Israel) April 5, 2003
After listening to President Clueless in his last speech, it is obvious that he was led to believe that fighting the terrorism by Osama bin Laden is the same as the terror inflicted on the Israelis and Palestinians on each other.

This man is easily being led by Sharon and his new deal...We'll just unilaterally take what land we want for now! The Hell with the UN and the rest of the world...that is their position.

Sharon knows that dumbness Bush is a goner in November. I'm sure he knows Bush is in big trouble! He needs this USA sanction to steal more Arab Land before he gets booted out. Sharon too may get booted out of office, there are nuts in his government who want all of Eretzs Israel and kill the Pals!

Expect these nuts to win too!

Israel has used up this idiotic fool who was hoodwinked by Israel to attack its enemy Saddam Hussein who funded suicide bombers families who lost their homes to Israeli bulldozer diplomacy.

But Israel as one can easily see has unwittingly leashed a much bigger enemy upon itself Osama's religious fanatics who kill and believe God is with them.

The deal between Sharon and Dumbness will lead to more War for a longer period. Americans will tire and go home. Israel will become the new War Zone on her declared War on Islam.

I honesty don't think Israel can Survive without a comprehensive peace, and today Sharon and Bush declared more War!

Comments of reserve Brig. Gen. Shlomo Brom, long regarded as one of the worlds best intelligence officers. Prior to his retirement in 1998. Brom served in Israeli military intelligence for 25 years, and acted as deputy chief of planning for the Israeli army."ISRAELI INTELLIGENCE WAS A FULL PARTNER WITH THE US AND BRITAIN IN DEVELOPING A FALSE PICTURE OF SADDAM HUSSEIN'S WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION CAPABILITY."

Is there any doubt that Americans are coming home in coffins for Israel's benefit?
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 30, 2004 8:04 am    Post subject: Neocons, Israel and the Bush Administration Reply to topic

Head of September 11th Commission Said Iraq War for Israel:

http://itszone.co.uk/zone0/viewtopic.php?t=14329

Neocons, Israel and the Bush Administration:

http://itszone.co.uk/zone0/viewtopic.php?t=13601


JINSA/PNAC Zionist (Neocon) Spy Unit Skirted CIA on Iraq:


http://itszone.co.uk/zone0/viewtopic.php?t=13826

Neocons after More War for Israel:

http://itszone.co.uk/zone0/viewtopic.php?t=14459
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