On the 10th Anniversary of the 9-11 Attacks, I decided to link to a video done back in 2007 in gratitude for brothers fighting on the front lines, as our own political discourse in the USA became muddled with the anti-war/Code Pink/Ron Paul protesters. The morale of our troops was dispiriting when they read what was happening back home. My impetus was to give them a boost and let them know there are plenty of us who understand why they are there fighting, how long Islam has been waging war on the USA, and how much we are praying for their mission, and their safe return home after destroying the enemy.
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While this has been turned into a campaign ad for John McCain BY the person himself – the underlying message is to counter Barrack The Hussein Obama’s charge that the war on terror was a “mistake’, and therefore this message is powerful, and right on the money.
This man is someone The Annointed One will never appreciate, comprehend or understand.
But the rest of America does, and another reason why Obama is unfit for Commander In Chief.
Bob Parks hits one out of the park with this observation, of which I wholeheartedly concur. In today’s hyper-sensitive cultural backwardness, common sense has taken a vacation with wisdom it seems, and Mr. Parks here illustrates why the Left and the anti-war brigades are bankrupting our morale and consigning us to surrender.
America is an evil nation with evil people. That is, except for our leftists, right?
Whether it be another lawsuit alleging the mistreatment of enemy combatants, who wear no official uniform, or any number of documentaries produced that make America the mother of all evil empires, I’m beyond tired of seeing the ungrateful protected by our government, the very government they gleefully excoriate daily.
In this war on terror, I’ve given up hope that just once someone on the left would publicly show as much disdain for those who strap bombs on themselves to blow up civilians, and those who kidnap civilians and cut their heads off with knives, as they vilify their own soldiers whom they claim to care so much about.
“Blackwater is not the only private U.S. corporation facing lawsuits for alleged abuses in Iraq, on Monday hundreds of Iraqis held at Abu Ghraib prison filed a lawsuit against the private military contractor CACI.
“The suit alleges the Iraqis were repeatedly sodomized, threatened with rape, kept naked in their cells, subjected to electric shock, attacked by unmuzzled dogs and subjected to serious pain inflicted on sensitive body parts while being held at Abu Ghraib.”
Tell you what.
If I was an enemy combatant detained today in an American jail, I’d being saying that I was repeatedly sodomized, threatened with rape, kept naked in my cell, subjected to electric shock, attacked by unmuzzled dogs, and subjected to serious pain inflicted on sensitive body parts if I knew some bleeding heart American lawyer would believe me and vigorously defend me.
Despite the fact that coercion (and warrantless wiretaps) was used to extract information that’s thwarted many a terrorist plot to kill civilians all around the world, America is continually being declared the enemy by citizens of our own country.
And when a bomb goes off somewhere in the world, in a crowded marketplace or discothèque, our same liberals never decry the senseless violence perpetrated by ideological sadists. They’re occupied looking for another American serviceman to charge with atrocities.
“The suit alleges that employees of CACI directed soldiers to mistreat prisoners at Abu Ghraib and that employees of the company were involved in the wrongful deaths of three Iraqi men at Abu Ghraib.”
Of course while chanting they support the troops, the lawsuits alleging torture and murder puts a bulls eye on every man and woman serving overseas, as well as the millions of civilians around the world who are targeted by an enemy that seeks our domination and has said as much numerous times.
Documentaries that point the finger of guilt at us achieves that same goal, while ignoring altogether those who cut of fingers, rape, stone women to death, and whose writings describe death to infidels in ways that would make Abu Ghraib look like Romper Room. I believe these atrocities and death wishes are ignored because our liberals are justifiably afraid of our enemy, and going after the “evil” United States is the cowardly, but easy way out.
One of these days, we will not extract all the necessary information needed to avert a mass terror attack. It may happen in the United States, and it may happen in any number of nations around the world. But I hope those who protect and serve our enemy will wake up in hell, knowing that their intentional, partisan attempts to vilify the one nation in the world, so evil, that millions are standing their place to immigrate to, have worked.
The blood of the hundreds, if not thousands or millions, of dead will not be on our hands. They’ll be on theirs, and the problem is they’re too narcissistic to see that what they’re doing is putting the world at risk.
All in the name of people who would cut their big heads off in a heartbeat.
Thanks you Mr. Parks, for stating what needed to be said. The Left and the Anti-war bunch in our midst do not understand what you have said, they do NOT want to understand what you have said and would rather castigate you as a “Neocon” or worse for daring to disagree with licking the palms of our enemies and blaming ourselves for their existence.
This is why I hate the anti-war movement and the zombies of Ron Paul. They tout the NIE report as vindication of their cause to paint America and Bush as the bullies and HAND Jihadist madmen like Iran’s Ahmadinejad and mullahs who are preparing the Muslim world for the conquest of the Great and Little Satan, victory.
TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s president said on Sunday the publication of a U.S. intelligence report saying Iran had halted a nuclear weapons program in 2003 amounted to a “declaration of surrender” by Washington in its row with Tehran.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also dismissed in an interview with state television the prospect of new U.N. sanctions against Iran over its refusal to halt sensitive atomic work.
“It is too far-fetched,” he said when asked whether he expected the U.N. Security Council to impose fresh sanctions on Iran following two such resolutions since last December.
Ahmadinejad, who often rails against the West, told a rally earlier this month that the December 3 publication of the U.S. National Intelligence Estimate was a “victory” for Iran.
He said on Sunday: “It was in fact a declaration of surrender … It was a positive action by the U.S. administration to change their attitude and it was a correct move.”
Washington is still pushing for more sanctions on Iran despite the U.S. intelligence report, which also said Tehran was continuing to master skills needed to make nuclear weapons. U.S. President George W. Bush said Iran was still a danger.
An exiled opposition group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), last week said Iran shut down its nuclear weapons program in 2003 but said restarted it a year later, dispersing equipment to thwart international inspectors.
Iran insists its nuclear program is peaceful and designed to make electricity. It says it has never had a nuclear weapons program.
“It would be beneficial for both Iran and them (the West) to cooperate with Iran,” Ahmadinejad said. “Of course it would be more to their benefit than Iran’s.”
Iran regularly calls for a change in behavior from the United States, which cut diplomatic ties with Iran in 1980 after radical students seized the U.S. embassy and took diplomats hostage during the 1979 Islamic revolution.
In the desperate efforts to relive the glory days of both the 1960’s Hippie/Anti-war movment and Watergate, House and Senate Democrats are going beserk trying to recreate the only victory they’ve had in their entire lives.
The CIA interrogation tapes of Al Qaeda operatives, that have been subsequently destroyed, is the latest hoped for “Gotcha!” of a party and Congress that has accomplished absolutely NOTHING since it won power in 2006 except attempt after attempt to destroy a president and his party by securing defeat in a war they authorized, and weaken America in the contest against our enemies.
Much media trumpeting of the destroyed CIA tapes of U.S. interrogation techniques of Al Qaeda prisoners has reached air-raid siren status among the Left. In predictable fashion, the Democrat Leadership feined outrage and made public spectacles falling all over themselves in talking-point heaven to compare the destroyed tapes to the “18 minute gap” in Nixon’s Watergate tapes and rushing to microphones to be the first to demand a Special Prosecutor investigate:
Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., asked, “What would cause the CIA to take this action? The answer is obvious — coverup.” “What is at stake here goes to the heart of the rule of law and justice in America,” said Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill.
This afternoon, Durbin wrote Attorney General Michael Mukasey urging him to investigate a possible “obstruction of justice.”
But as we are discovering – this is simply another straw of desperation that is filled with deliberate hypocrisy and false outrage for political consumption by the Left. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), Sens. Bob Graham (D-Fla.), John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), as well as Rep. Porter J. Goss (R-Fla.) and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan) all witnessed the CIA waterboarding technique in September of 2002, as members of the House Intelligence Commitee and NONE of them objected to the procedure. In fact, they asked whether or not the technique was “strong enough” to break the will of captured Jihadists.
Today however, in another flamboyant act to stage political theater, two of these individuals; Rockerfeller and Harman were also aware that the interrogation tapes were scheduled for erasure. Rockerfeller admits finding out that the tapes were destroyed in Novermber 2006. OVER A YEAR AGO. Harman wrote a letter asking that the tapes NOT be destroyed, but learned that they already had been. We can only assume that the other leading members of this Oversight Committee were also aware of that at the time.
But now, all-of-a-sudden, a year later – it’s a “scandal” with Watergate possibilities???
As the new York Times duly notes:
“Jane Harman also knew of the intention to destroy the tapes, and she at least ‘urged’ the C.I.A. in writing not to do it.” But he notes, “But when she found out the C.I.A. had destroyed the tapes, where was Harman’s press conference? Where were the congressional hearings?”
Indeed, where WAS the press conference and calls for hearings a year ago?? Was it not important? Did it not rise to the level of Watergate status last year during the Election cycle?
Ah yes – there was this little thing called national security at one time in this country, and Intelligence Matters are restricted to high security clearance – of which the eight members of the Congressional Intelligence Committee possessed and were restricted in discussing. By law they are prohibited from acknowledging or discussing anything they learn on the Intelligence Committee until such information is declassified. To Democrats, “Classified” under a Republican Administration means “Coverup” and as such, “classififed” is just an obstacle to be overcome. Much like they treat the Constitution.
Consider all the “leaks” we’ve had about our ‘intelligence’ apparatus of late – does anyone even allow the possibility that some of these creeps on this committee are engaging in treason and breaking the law by discussing what they are not allowed to discuss?? How else does such national intelligence matters get disseminated to willing members of the media for publication?
The entire notion of waterboarding being declared as “torture’ by this same bunch is nauseating in the extreme, since they were not sure if the technique was severe enough to break reticent Al Qaeda terrorists back in 2002. Yes. Not only were these same Democrats feigning outrage over “torture”, they watched the procedure and asked if the technique was strong enough to break hardened terrorists!
I don’t know about you – but after seeing the videos of slow beheadings of Americans at the hands of Al Qaeda, and how bodies of Americans are drug through streets and hung up by wire on bridges, the idea of a pitcher of water poured on my blindfolded face to get information about terrorist operations is not quite in the same universe of comparison. America apparently does not have the guts or stomach to do what is necessary to stop what our enemies clearly are more than willing to do to us. We would rather think ourselves moral and noble by treating barbarians who are plotting to kill us, like we would like to be treated in similar circumstance. Such a misguided sense of morality is not noble or American, it’s stupid. We can think ourselves better and moral all the day long, treating captured Jihadists like guests at the Hilton, and it will not make one iota’s difference to Al Qaeda terrorists.
But let’s talk about the rule of law as it pertains to intelligence gathering. If no one from the Gang of Eight committee ‘leaked’ the practice the CIA was engaged in on Sheik Khalid Mohammed, the entire world would not now be aware of America’s intelligence methods. And yet we hear Kennedy and Durbin pontificate endlessly about the “rule of law” when I am of the opinion that their own Democrat leaders were engaged in breaking it themselves by leaking intelligence information for use as a political weapon.
The Democrats demand an accounting. They demand hearings. They demand upholding the rule of law and adherance to morality. We hear them demand all these things when they knew of them in 2002. They charge criminal coverup, while some of us are still waiting for someone in Congress to raise an eyebrow over Sandy Berger’s theft of National Security Documents he stuffed into his pants.
The truth is in this day and age of our political fall from Christian Republic to Caligulan Rome – the means justifies the desired end result: absolute power. There is nothing sacred in politics, except the politcal weapon of Political Correctness, and then, it is selectively applied. Sandy Berger gets a pass for what would be a felony, just as his boss William The Impeached got a free pass over lying under oath to a grand jury. Democrat Congressmen can have oodles of cold hard cash stuffed into their freezers and investigations are called “racist” and “partisan witchunts”. But when it comes to Republicans or national security, there is no reverence for the country, or our sovereignty, or our security. All is fair game to achieve a political win, regardless of the consequences. Regardless if it results in our defeat in the face of Jihadists, regardless if it ends up as a bright sunrise over an American city some dark night in the future.
Triumph in any contest requires resolve. Without the will to win, without the resolve – it is impossible to overcome an opponent, no matter the overwhelming advantage one might have.
Despite the horror of the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor in 1941, and a string of defeats against the Imperial Navy in the Pacific, America never lost the resolve or determinaton to see justice done, and unconditional surrender achieved. Victory was determined by our willpower.
Defeat however, is a certainty when one doubts their abilities or very presence in a contest.
America’s Leftists and Anti-war pollyannas have shown the world that enough of it’s people doubt our just presence in the contest against Jihadist Islam and has lost it’s resolve to not only win, but has lost it’s willingness to even recognize that we are IN a contest. We have heard the mantras of of everything from “This is Bush’s War” to “If we did not make muslims mad at us, they would not be attacking us”, to The government orchestrated 9-11, Jihadists are no threat to us”.
Since America decided to strike back after the horror of 9-11, the detractors of American foreign policy began their work to undermine the efforts. As the anti-war movement and the Communists in North Vietnam discovered in the 1960’s – enemies of America can lose every military engagement against us – and still win an entire war, causing America to retreat in shame into itself by opening a propaganda front at home among the American populace.
The efforts to defeat a radical ideology waging war on us unanswered since the late 1970’s, has been met with almost continuous opposition from political opportunists at home who adopted the pacifistic ideal of “love begetting love” and have fought with growing determination to sabotage our resolve and even our recognition of the enemy, to instead focus on ourselves as the instigators of jihadists. There is far more hatred and vitriol directed at supporters of the efforts in A’stan and Iraq, than for those who chant for our deaths in the streets of Tehran and other Islamic states every Friday after Prayers at the mosque.
Sympathisers of the radical Islamic movment began to use our political correctness as a weapon against us, and since political warfare is the highest calling of the Leftists in America – they suddenly found themselves unwitting allies with Jihadists, and aid their cause by disguising themselves in the mantle of humanists bent on compassion towards a movement bent on submitting the world to Sharia Law.
Having sown self-loathing, doubt, and sabotaging of our resolve with a misguided sense of morality, they are handing victory on a silver platter on over to Jihadists. From Ahmadinejad to Bin Laden, militant Mulsims worldwide sense America’s imminent defeat in a war that they began on the West decades ago. Perception is reality among Jihadists and those of evil intent in this world, and they see our weakness. Like a predator able to sense weak and sick prey, Jihadists are excited that victory is very near for them to realize their most hoped-for dreams, and their leaders are capitalizing on this moment to redirect the momentum America was gaining against Jihadists.
Like the Tet Offensive, this NIE report may very well become the turning point of victory for Jihadists seeking a global caliphate by the defeat and annihilation they seek for American infidels.
TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s president declared victory over the United States on Wednesday and the head of a U.N. watchdog said Iran had been “somewhat vindicated” by a U.S. report that it halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003.
But Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran would press ahead with its nuclear program which the Islamic Republic says has only peaceful civilian aims.
“Today, the Iranian nation is victorious but you (the United States) are empty-handed,” Ahmadinejad said in a televised speech to a rally in the western Iranian city of Ilam.
Iran’s president declares victory over the United States and other world powers in the dispute about Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wasted no time in declaring victory.
Speaking to crowds in western Iran, he vowed Iran would stand firm behind its right to obtain nuclear technology and would not retreat one iota.
Arab and Persian TV is abuzz with the latest news of the economic fallout from the credit collapse; the NIE report; Congress’ waffling on funding the troops; and the SCOTUS decision to decide whether or not to grant the Jihadist combatants at Guantanamo Bay, Constitutional Rights and access to America’s legal system at American taxpayer expense.
All of those news stories are chum, that are being dumped into the waters of the militant Islamic movement to stir the teeming muslim masses into a frenzy for Jihad. They might be well afraid of our military forces in Iraq, who have quelled the Insurgency and sent Al Qaeda running back into Afghanistan to regroup – but they know, as Bin Laden had predicted, that America would defeat itself from within – and that all they would need to do is wait…and be patient.
The NIE report and the efforts to close Guantanamo Bay have lifted the spirits of an enemy that would otherwise be crushed. The political rhetoric from pacifistic Isolationists like Ron Paul, Dennis Kuccinich and the entirety of the anti-war Democratic field will galvanize Jihadists and breathe new life into future efforts they have to wage the ultimate Jihad on Satan’s nation. Driving us from Babylon and burning our cities to the ground before their messiah comes to lead all of Islam to victory in establishing a global Caliphate, as the adherants to Quranic prophecy like Ahmadinejad say is their divine mission.
Americans do not sense or have any willful understanding of the absolute danger that we have now put ourselves into.
Already, the fallout from the bogus NIE report has stymied U.S. efforts to isolate and force sanctions on a defiant Iran that has boasted more than 3,000 working centrifuges to weaponize uranium. Ahmadinejad has stated in the past to crowds in Tehran that America and the West will never be able to stop the Islamic republic from obtaining and using nukes. I would imagine it is because he, like Bin Laden, understand the politcal war taking place within, and the lack of any resolve a war-weary American public has for another front against the rising Islamic juggernaut.
But Iran is wasting no time making use of the victory America is handing to Jihadist Islam’s expansion. As of this writing, Iran’s Mohamed Khatami, ex- agent chief executive of the Islamic Republic of Iran is meeting with Mexican President President Felipe Calderón, to discuss a “Pacific Co-existence” between Iran and Mexico(Babelfish or fluency to translate Spanish required) or the same story at this link – Mexico and Iran dialogue in Tenochtitlan.
Mexican president Felipe Calderon met yesterday with Mohamed Khatami at Los Pinos. Dr. Khatami is the former president of the Islamic Republic of Iran who was succeeded by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The meeting at Los Pinos is part of a growing alliance between Mexico, South America and Islam. The purpose of the meeting was to establish better communications between the Iranian and Mexican peoples.
There has been great worry around the globe concerning the war-mongering policies of the Bush Administration and its Zionist cohorts. Recently, President George Bush threaten to start World War III and accused Iran of making “nuclear bombs” . The accusation was refuted by a recently released National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) report.
In addition, President Calderon has been worried about the growing racist hostility against Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in the USA. In mid-November approximately 568 US leaders of Mexican descent met in Mexico City to dialogue with the Mexican Congress on ways to combat the anti-Mexican actions of US xenophobes. One proposal was to stop all Pemex oil exports across the border and instead sell the oil to China. Another proposal was to totally repudiate Mexico’s external debt to the Zionist controlled World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The interest alone on the external debt is sucking the blood of many Mexican families and forcing them to migrate across the border.
The visit of Dr. Mohamed Khatami to Mexico City may signal the beginning of a new international alignment that may bring into reality what Patrick Buchanan wrote in his new book, “Day of Reckoning.” A Bolivarian/Islamic front would be very difficult to defeat.
Iran is playing chess, and hardball poker with nuclear ambitions at the same time. America is busy playing PC footsie and pretending we have nothing to fear from an Iran determined to head a Caliphate with nuclear capabilities. Overtures of Iran to Communist Dictator Hugo Chavez, and now to Mexico – pinpoint at least to this mind, that Iran is setting up a strategic showdown with allies that will allow it to strike America by proxy, and fulfill the Quranic prophecies Ahmadinejad so often has proclaimed is their divine mission.
There was a reason that Iran and Noth Korea were referred to as an Axis of Evil. Add South America and Mexico to that list of Iranian allies, combined with their allies here at home and it is possible our near future will become more interesting than China would ever wish for us.
And America will have served that possibility up on a silver platter with the course offered to Jihadists this week.
One never has to wait too long for the truth to come to light, as we discover that the much heralded NIE Report on Iran’s nuclear weapons program was authored by political hacks (one who has a stated grudge against President Bush) who suddenly reversed what they said in 2005. The report announces a determination 4 years after the fact of Iran’s “supposed” halt of it’s program in the hidden bunkers of Tehran, waving aside their report from just two years ago that stated with urgency the exact opposite of what the NIE is saying now.
It once again goes to prove that the initial reaction many of us who are paying attention to Ahmadinejad’s statements, objectives and aspirations of this NIE report, were correct in our suspicions. The NIE report may be the biggest act of foreign policy sabotage in our history.
One only hopes this report will not be the fatal catalyst in the coming annihilation Ahmadinejad has repeatedly said Iran will initiate in order to bring about a global Caliphate and the return of his 12th Imam.
Politics in America however is a powerful drug – where the aspirations of power and control trump national security for appeasement’s sake, and it is no secret that the Intelligence Apparatus in Washington is waging their own ideological war. They failed us in thwarting 9-11 – and it looks like they will again fail us with whatever nuclear holocaust will spring upon us by Jihadists and their proxies.
UPDATE – Added this new info about one of the NIE report’s main authors:
Consider that on July 11, 2007, roughly four or so months prior to the most recent NIE’s publication, Deputy Director of Analysis Thomas Fingar gave the following testimony before the House Armed Services Committee:
Iran and North Korea are the states of most concern to us. The United States’ concerns about Iran are shared by many nations, including many of Iran’s neighbors. Iran is continuing to pursue uranium enrichment and has shown more interest in protracting negotiations and working to delay and diminish the impact of UNSC sanctions than in reaching an acceptable diplomatic solution. We assess that Tehran is determined to develop nuclear weapons–despite its international obligations and international pressure. This is a grave concern to the other countries in the region whose security would be threatened should Iran acquire nuclear weapons.
This paragraph appeared under the subheading: “Iran Assessed As Determined to Develop Nuclear Weapons.” And the entirety of Fingar’s 22-page testimony was labeled “Information as of July 11, 2007.” No part of it is consistent with the latest NIE, in which our spooks tell us Iran suspended its covert nuclear weapons program in 2003 “primarily in response to international pressure” and they “do not know whether (Iran) currently intends to develop nuclear weapons.”
The inconsistencies are more troubling when we realize that, according to the Wall Street Journal, Thomas Fingar is one of the three officials who were responsible for crafting the latest NIE. The Journal cites “an intelligence source” as describing Fingar and his two colleagues as “hyper-partisan anti-Bush officials.” (The New York Sun drew attention to one of Fingar’s colleagues yesterday.)
So, if it is true that Dr. Fingar played a leading role in crafting this latest NIE, then we are left with serious questions:
Why did your opinion change so drastically in just four months time?
Is the new intelligence or analysis really that good? Is it good enough to overturn your previous assessments? Or, has it never really been good enough to make a definitive assessment at all?
Did your political or ideological leanings, or your policy preferences, or those of your colleagues, influence your opinion in any way?
Of course no one in the mainstream media will ask these questions, nor will the bulk of Americans even care to consider these questions. They hear the smooth and easy words they want to hear: Bush is bad, Iran is no threat.
This is the mantra of the Left and the Anti-war brigades – so it should not be surprising that political ideologues in our intelligence community are also playing politics with this football – unfortunately they grant our Jihadist enemies with grand schemes of global domination the victory – which Ahmadinejad has declared today.
“Today, the Iranian nation is victorious but you (the United States) are empty-handed,” Ahmadinejad said in a televised speech to a rally in the western Iranian city of Ilam.
I’d call it treason – but no one else will.
The Wall Street Journal editorial that ran this morning echoes and expands upon suspicions first articulated by the New York Sun that the National Intelligence Estimate was cooked up by bureaucrats eager to embarrass George Bush and transform US policy towards Iran.
A dynamic is at work that will serve Iranian interests by throwing a wrench in plans to expand sanctions against it for its nuclear program; it also will serve to veto any plans to attack its nuclear facilities.
The three main authors of this report are former State Department officials with previous reputations that should lead one to doubt their conclusions. All three are ex-bureaucrats who, as is generally true of State Department types, favor endless rounds of negotiation and “diplomacy” and oppose confrontation. These three officials, according to the Wall Street Journal, have “reputations as hyper-partisan anti-Bush officials”.
They are Tom Fingar, formerly of the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research; Vann Van Diepen, the National Intelligence Officer for WMD; and Kenneth Brill, the former U.S. Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Tom Fingar was a State Department employee who was an expert on China and Germany — he has no notable experience, according to his bio in the Middle East and its geopolitics.
Vann http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2007/12/the_suspect_provenance_of_the.html is also a career State Department bureaucrat who, according to the New York Sun, is one of the State Department bureaucrats who want “revenge” for having their views regarding Iran ignored by the Bush Administration. He is now seeking to further his own agenda. As the Sun wrote in their editorial yesterday:
Vann Van Diepen, one of the estimate’s main authors, has spent the last five years trying to get America to accept Iran’s right to enrich uranium. Mr. Van Diepen no doubt reckons that in helping push the estimate through the system, he has succeeded in influencing the policy debate in Washington. The bureaucrats may even think they are stopping another war.
Vann Diepen also shares a lack of experience in dealing with Iran or the region.
The third main author comes in for particular criticism in the Wall Street Journal editorial. Kenneth Brill served as the US Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (the IAEA). This is an agency that has served to enable Iranian’s quest for nuclear weapons. The head of the IAEA, Mohammed ElBaradei, has even been called a friend by the Iranian regime. As he should be, for he has been an enabler of its nuclear weapons program and has stiff-armed European Union diplomats who have worked to restrain Iran.
Elbaredei and the IAEA have over-reached and now seek to control diplomatic negotiations with Iran — a function that is beyond its mandate. Brill was apparently unwilling to stop this mission creep and put an end to Elbaradei’s efforts to help Iran. Or, as the Wall Street Journal hints, maybe he was just incompetent. This hint comes from former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton’s (who headed counter-proliferation efforts in the State Department previous to his UN posting) new book:
For a flavor of their political outlook, former Bush Administration antiproliferation official John Bolton recalls in his recent memoir that then-Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage “described Brill’s efforts in Vienna, or lack thereof, as ‘bull — .'” Mr. Brill was “retired” from the State Department by Colin Powell before being rehired, over considerable internal and public protest, as head of the National Counter-Proliferation Center by then-National Intelligence Director John Negroponte.
Brill also has no previous history of experience dealing with Iran. (He graduated from Business School at Berkeley in 1973!).
All three of the authors of this NIE study are former State Department employees (none of them are nuclear physicists). All who are familiar with the ways of Washington know that the State Department is a fourth branch of government — at least in its own collective mind — that seeks to forge its own policies which may often conflict with the policies desired by its putative boss, the President. Washington being Washington, this desire can manifest itself in ways fair and foul .
As the Bush Administration winds down to its conclusion, perhaps these three authors are angling for positions in the new Administration (presumably a Democratic one). They may hope to be rewarded for their “analysis” since Democrats are already using this report for partisan gain.
We have three State Department flexing their muscles to derail our policy towards Iran. This has apparently had a ripple effect, as our allies have expressed a belief that this NIE report will stop efforts to enact a new round of sanctions against Iran. Who gains? Iran.
This is one more step that will be noted in the future that enabled Iran to develop a nuclear arsenal.*
* Recent reports, by Kenneth Timmerman and others, indicate that a single human source may be responsible for the conclusions of the NIE. This would probably be a former aide to the Iranian defense minister and a retired general with long service in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard (recently categorized as a terrorist entity) who disappeared in Europe earlier in the year.
One should recall the notorious Curveball — also a human source — whose “stories” led the CIA to conclude that Iraq had an active WMD program. Curveball lied and our use of him for intelligence has been widely castigated. Are we relying now on an Iranian with a long history of service to the Iran Revolutionary Guard for our intelligence? Could he be a plant to distort our intelligence? Has history repeated itself as a farce and as a tragedy?
The proper way to read this report is through the lens of the long struggle the professional intelligence community has been waging against the elected civilian administration in Washington. They have opposed President Bush on nearly every major policy decision. They were against the Iraqi National Congress. They were against elections in Iraq. They were against I. Lewis Libby. They are against a tough line on Iran.
One could call all this revenge of the bureaucrats. Vann Van Diepen, one of the estimate’s main authors, has spent the last five years trying to get America to accept Iran’s right to enrich uranium. Mr. Van Diepen no doubt reckons that in helping push the estimate through the system, he has succeeded in influencing the policy debate in Washington. The bureaucrats may even think they are stopping another war.
It’s a dangerous game that may boomerang, making a war with Iran more likely.
…So much for diplomatic pressure in the run up before the mullahs have their bomb. And so the options for preventing the Islamic Republic from going nuclear get progressively more narrow. What it means is that when the historians look back on this period, they will see that by sabotaging our diplomacy, our intelligence analysts have clarified the choice before the free world — appeasement or war.