above, for articles in
Love This Administration for The Chutzpah
was not about to win any profiles in courage awards for standing up to the Bush
Family. They caved in faster then a two dollar suitcase when they became the
whipping boy for Islamic riots and death that occurred due to a false story they
published. The story claimed our interrogators in Gitmo tried to shake the truth
out of detainees by flushing Koran pages. It has been clear for about three
years that our debriefing prisoner teams did not make the Harvard debate club by
the fact that they never got any worthwhile intelligence.
But when the fake
story broke it sounded familiar to me. I looked back through some old files. I
found the notes and realized the Koran down the toilet story originated not in
Gitmo, but in Langley, Virginia. The story started not with an interrogator but
with some disinformation joker in the late 1970’s. The same time we were in
business with the Mullahs against the Soviets. It was one of scores of little
fictions we were putting out to turn the tide against the Soviet invaders. An
old spook friend of mine told me the story over lunch at the Hay Adams Hotel in
1979. He laughed at how dumb the idea was.
It seems the
disinformation guys working with the Afghan rebels from the CIA had painted that
scenario about the Soviets. They spread it when they first got suckered into
Afghanistan during Jimmy Carter’s reign. We had hoped to stir up radical
Islamists against the Godless heathens sent in by Moscow. It, of course, didn’t
work. But the pro al Qaeda Mullahs had good memories and apparently decided to
float the lie amongst their own and it took root – against us. And they say
there is no common ground between the Bush White House and anti-western
All the Newsweek
Kabuki the White House was so outraged over proved was that it didn’t take much
to get the news media’s mind off of the outbreak of civil war in Iraq and
overshadow Bush’s post purple fingertip election flush.
For those who bought
the President’s line that democracy was spreading in the Middle East, the
unfortunate regional reality is displaying itself in the blood of our troops and
that of the Iraqi people. Additionally, the scent of Democracy in Lebanon and
Egypt has turned into the more familiar stench of business as usual. In Egypt
President Hosni Mubarek has promised the world free Presidential elections. The
only hitch is his puppets in parliament determine who gets to run. It seems no
inconvenient candidates – like Islamists – will be permitted in the race.
Mubarek’s election policies are the equivalent of President Bush’s policies on
stem cell research: window dressing.
In Lebanon, the Bush
Administration did a great job of scaring the Syrian intelligence service out.
Not only have the intelligence people not departed, but Syrian intelligence told
the CIA that they can no longer assist in providing rendition/torture escapades.
The White House has to work so hard to find a friendly torture chamber.
I have maintained
that as long as the volunteer military is the source of the kids we are
sacrificing to the President’s ill-conceived Iraqi vision, there would not be
vocal opposition to this war. If kids from middle class and upper middle class
families were drafted to fight and die then we would not be sitting numbly in
front of the evening news as some news reader manages to make the increasing
death toll blend in with Jay Leno testifying in the Michael Jackson
Now even the most
devoted supporters of President Bush are beginning to realize that his
inappropriate response to attacks from Saudi Arabia in Iraq may make less and
What we are now
facing in Iraq is a civil war. To make our response more unacceptable is the
fact that our intelligence officers did issue dire warnings of what could happen
without a brute like Saddam to sit on the Shia and Sunni forces. The White house
was also warned that the shock troops of Islam would come in from Iran and Saudi
Arabia and make our men and woman targets – and now they have.
Our people have been
attacked twice now by sons of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The first time was in
the airplane attacks of 2001 at home. Now it is through a Royal Family approved
underground railway of Saudi extremists willing to wear vestments of death to
make their spiritual point against our deployed sons and daughters.
The United States
has not held Saudi Arabia’s feet to the fire. The President’s polite hand
holding at the ranch of the Crown Prince was a symbol that everyone understood
in the Middle East. Those pictures demonstrated that Bush had respect for the
Saudi Royal Family. This is the same family that has been funding terrorists for
years, paid for the Pakistani nuclear weapons program and allows its lunatic
exports to kill our children.
President Bush and
Vice-President Cheney, as Doctor Phil says, “When are you going to get a clue?”
How many Americans have to die before you act?
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Trento has spent more than 35 years as an investigative journalist, working with
both print and broadcast outlets and writing extensively on national security
issues. Before joining the National Security News Service in 1991, Trento worked
for CNN's Special Assignment Unit, the Wilmington News Journal, and
prominent journalist Jack Anderson. Trento has received six Pulitzer nominations
and is the author of five books, the most recent of which is The Secret History of the
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