Friday, May 05, 2006

The Seattle Times: Nation & World: Former CIA analyst grills Rumsfeld at Atlanta talk

The Seattle Times: Nation & World: Former CIA analyst grills Rumsfeld at Atlanta talk

I heard about this yesterday on the way home. The NPR story didn't identify the CIA analyst but Ray McGovern is closely linked with my other favorite former CIA employee, Larry C. Johnson. Here is a little tatse of Mr. McGovern:


The session took an awkward turn when witness Ray McGovern, a former intelligence analyst, declared that the United States went to war in Iraq for oil, Israel and military bases craved by administration “neocons” so “the United States and Israel could dominate that part of the world.” He said that Israel should not be considered an ally and that Bush was doing the bidding of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

“Israel is not allowed to be brought up in polite conversation,” McGovern said. “The last time I did this, the previous director of Central Intelligence called me anti-Semitic.”


Hence he claimed, inter alia, that an Israeli company had advanced warning of the 9/11 attacks—an accusation echoed in literature passed out by Democratic activists at the hearing.


n March 25, 1968, Johnson complained to a small gathering:”The leaks to the New York Times hurt us…We have no support for the war…I would have given Westy the 206,000 men.”

The moral of the story? Leaking can be patriotic; can prevent a wider, longer war.

The Next Four Years

Some say that perhaps the administration’s plan, if it gets four more years, is to “clean out” Fallujah and other resistance strongholds, despite the heavy casualties that would result, and then turn the fight over to Iraqi forces and withdraw.

Not a chance. If, as I believe to be the case, the actual objectives of the war on Iraq have mostly to do with achieving military dominance over that oil-rich region and eliminating any conceivable threat to the security of Israel, four more years will mean a still larger U.S. military force there for the duration. Among other things, to leave sooner would leave Israel less safe than it was before the war, something the president’s advisers are very loath to do.


Of course non of this is mentioned by way of context in the news stories.

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