Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Bumbling Politicians

Donald Trump insisted that American spies are all bumbling and biased.  He also dismiss the CIA report that Russia helped Trump win the election by citing a 2002 intelligence assessment, that had concluded that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

Actually, Robert Baer a legendary CIA field officer, who served most of his 21 year career in the Middle East insisted: “The problem is the White House didn’t go to the CIA and ask, tell me the truth, it said give me ammunition.”

Rand Beers a former National Security Council Official, who resigned his White House post to work against the reelection of Bush explained: “As they embellished what the intelligence community was prepared to say and as the press reported that information, it began to acquire its own sense of truth and reality.”

Chief UN arms inspector Hans Blix noted: “The White House maintained 100 percent certainty that the Iraqi weapons of mass destruction existed based on zero percent evidence.”

In 2002, Nancy Pelosi was the senior Democrat on the Intelligence Committee.  As the senior Democrat in the House, both she and Democratic Senator Bob Graham the chairman of the Intelligence Committee were briefed extensively on the intelligence leading up to the vote to give Bush the power to invade Iraq.

At the time, Pelosi said there was nothing in that intelligence, which indicated that Iraq was an imminent threat to the United States.  Both Pelosi and her Democratic counterpart Senator Graham voted against the Iraq War Resolution.  Thus, the two Democrats, who had the most operational intelligence at their disposal, as well as, 22 other Senators voted against the resolution.

Michael Scheuer author of “Imperial Hubris” and the former head of the bin Laden unit claimed that Bush’s policies and actions are bin Laden's only indispensable allies.


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