other day our sometimes demented president, George W. Bush Jr., blurted out,
“Because we acted to liberate Afghanistan, a threat has been removed, and
the American people are safer.” He also bragged, with that
deer-caught-in-the-headlights look on his mug, how Iraq is “an example of
reform to the region” (07/12/04, at Oak Ridge, TN). The other half of the
administration’s vaudeville act, V.P. Dick Cheney, was caught bellowing, at
a rally in Tucson, AZ, on 07/31/04, “Our accomplishments these past four
years have made America safer, stronger and better...”
Cheney, an ultra war hawk, with a Genghis-Khan complex, wasn’t finished. At
Hot Springs, AK, on 08/03/04, he roared that Bush’s reelection this coming
November 2nd, “is critical to make America safer.” Cheney is the same
yellow-bellied cowboy that Sen. Harkin (D-IA) called a "coward", at Des
Moines, Iowa, on 08/14/04, for getting five student and marriage deferments
for the Vietnam War. Yet, today, he is urging others to send their sons and
daughters to get slaughtered in Iraq. Harkin blasted Cheney “for wanting to
be tough with someone else’s kid’s blood” (Mike Glover, AP). Harkin is a
former U.S. Navy pilot.
What, I wondered, have the reckless, Islam-bashing, oil-and-natural-gas
deposits-pursuing, Israel-protecting, imperial politicking of Bush and
Cheney, and their immediate GOP predecessors in the White House, made
America really safer for? It occurs to me they've made America safer for
opium dealers, terrorists and the warmongering Neocons.
Let’s start with the opium dealers. When the Taliban took over in
Afghanistan, the drug industry was almost totally suppressed. Now, close to
three years after the Bush-Cheney Gang launched its invasion of Afghanistan
in 2001, and made wiping out its drug trade a priority, “poppy growing and
heroin production have exploded, providing money and logistical aid to al-Qaida
and other militants, bolstering Afghan warlords and threatening that
nation’s stability...Afghanistan is again the world’s largest source of
opium... The drug accounted for $2.3 billion last year - half the nation’s
economy” (Mark Matthews, Baltimore Sun, 08/12/04, “Opium Trade Threatens
Afghan Stability Again.”) You can bet that much of that opium has already
been put out on the streets of urban America by European gangsters, the
Mafia and the Russian-Jewish mobs. (See, also for the covert inter workings
of the slimy drug dealers, corrupt government intelligence organizations,
slick politicians, and corporate and multinationals connivers, the
insightful Drugs, Oil, and War: The U.S. in Afghanistan, Columbia and
Indochina by Peter Dale Scott, and the seminal The Sorrows of Empire:
Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic by Chalmers Johnson).
On the terrorism front, according to the riveting book,
Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from
the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001, by author Steve Coll, the CIA
was in bed with the Mujahedin guerrillas in Afghanistan for mostly all of
the 80s and into the early 90s. This is the same group that morphed into
Al-Qaeda. The White House, and Congressional cheerleaders, regularly
referred to the Mujahedin as “Freedom Fighters.” Who was running the U.S.
from 1981 to 1989? Why that great man himself, Ronald Reagan, who was just
given a state funeral worthy of George Washington. Reagan’s V.P.? Why
“Daddy” Bush, who took over the presidential reigns from that big fibber of
a "Gipper" (1989-93).
Coll documents how the Mujahedin were funded by the CIA on Reagan and Bush’s
watch, in the hundreds of millions of dollars, and trained and armed with
lethal weapons, like: Stinger missiles, Buffalo gun sniper rifles and even
tanks captured from the Iraqis, in “Operation Desert Storm.” The Mujahedin
were also encouraged to engage in sabotage and assassination of Russians in
“cross-border assaults... inside Soviet Central Asia” (p. 104, Ghost Wars).
And even more relevant to present U.S. security, the CIA instructed the
Mujahedin in the latest techniques in terrorism, particularly how to use “E
cell detonators...delay timers... plastic explosives." When a U.S. official
involved in the CIA supply program was asked by Coll to estimate the amount
of plastic explosives that had been transferred to the guerrillas, he
answered, “We could have blown up half of New York with the explosives...”
(p. 135, Ghost Wars). Gee, that's comforting to know!
Who were the CIA geniuses surveilling during Reagan and “Daddy” Bush’s tour
of duty? Osama bin Laden? The Muslim Brotherhood? The Contra thugs? The
Mossad's Jonathan Pollard? The CIA turncoat, Aldrich Ames? No! Try, “secular
leftist” groups (p. 145. Ghost Wars).
Closer to home, the Bush-Cheney Gang's subversive habit of sucking up to the
Neocons has struck again with the recent appointment of the hapless Porter
Goss (R-FL) to be the new head of the CIA (For background on these
ideological intriguers, check out "The
Neocons' War," Justin Raimondo, 06/02/04).
Jude Wanniski summed
it up best with this posting to his web fans, on 08/18/04. It's entitled,
“Another Richard Perle Stooge.” Wanniski wrote: “If the United States Senate
confirms Rep. Porter Goss as the new Director of Central Intelligence, it
will simply replace one stooge of Richard Perle and the Neocons with
another. There’s no way George Tenet could have bumbled his way through the
job all those years without the backing of the Neocons, and in the end it
was Perle who went to the White House with his team, to meet with National
Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and demand Tenet be cashiered for turning
against Ahmed Chalabi, a more prized Perle agent.
"Tenet fell on his sword," Wanniski continued. "But of course Perle had the
backing of Vice President Cheney on this matter, and Porter Goss, chairman
of the House 'Intelligence' Committee, has been Cheney’s lapdog at least for
these last four years. We can see that Perle and his pals do not give up,
and President Bush is still being manipulated by them. When the 9-11
Commission issued its report last month, the one word it used to sum up the
failure of the Intelligence Community was that it lacked 'imagination.' The
dimmest bulb in the Intelligence Community had to be Porter Goss, an ex-CIA
agent who parleyed his experience in that realm into a seat in the House,
plus the chairmanship of the Intelligence Committee," Wanniski emphasized.
All of this leaves me with a quote, attributed to the late U.S. Sen. Daniel
Patrick Moynihan (D-NY), once a popular bartender from the East side of
Manhattan and ex-boss of Iran-Contra villain, Elliott Abrams, who had served
earlier on his Senate staff. Moynihan supposedly barked, between belts of
his favorite beverage, "The CIA couldn't catch a cold!" What a prophet old
whiskey-face turned out to be. Now, Americans are slowly finding out to
their regret, how that same CIA, the Bush-Cheney Gang and its empty-headed
GOP predecessors in office, have made the U.S. safer for all the wrong
William Hughes is the author of
Saying “No” to the War Party (IUniverse, Inc.). He can be reached at
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