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9/11 Happened Because Bush Trusted PNAC Over The CIA

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 11, 2012

We know from Ron Suskind’s The One Percent Doctrine that George W. Bush contemptuously dismissed any and all attempts by the CIA to warn him about the threat posed by Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, culminating with his curt dismissal to the CIA agents who came out to his Potemkin ranch in the Potemkin town of Crawford, Texas: “All right. You’ve covered your ass, now.”

What we didn’t know for sure was why Bush was so dismissive of the CIA’s increasingly frantic warnings. Now, thanks to Kurt Eichenwald, we do:

The direct warnings to Mr. Bush about the possibility of a Qaeda attack began in the spring of 2001. By May 1, the Central Intelligence Agency told the White House of a report that “a group presently in the United States” was planning a terrorist operation. Weeks later, on June 22, the daily brief reported that Qaeda strikes could be “imminent,” although intelligence suggested the time frame was flexible.

But some in the administration considered the warning to be just bluster. An intelligence official and a member of the Bush administration both told me in interviews that the neoconservative leaders who had recently assumed power at the Pentagon were warning the White House that the C.I.A. had been fooled; according to this theory, Bin Laden was merely pretending to be planning an attack to distract the administration from Saddam Hussein, whom the neoconservatives saw as a greater threat. Intelligence officials, these sources said, protested that the idea of Bin Laden, an Islamic fundamentalist, conspiring with Mr. Hussein, an Iraqi secularist, was ridiculous, but the neoconservatives’ suspicions were nevertheless carrying the day.

“The neoconservative leaders who had recently assumed power at the Pentagon” — ah, that would most likely be Paul Wolfowitz and Doug Feith, the latter of whom has been tagged by no less an authority than General Tommy Franks as “the stupidest fucking man on the face of the earth”. Feith, you will remember, ran the Office of Special Plans, which sucked up any intel without bothering to vet it — and in fact did reverse vetting, only accepting that intelligence data that seemed to confirm OSP’s PNAC-generated theories about Iraq and the Middle East — theories that in large part had their origins in the fevered, scheming brain of one Ahmad Chalabi, a man who among other things has been allied with Iran’s leaders for decades.

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Republicans Ticked That Obama Did What Bush Wouldn’t

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 1, 2011

President Obama addressed the nation tonight to inform us that he managed to do what George W. Bush and Dick Cheney couldn’t (probably because they were too busy getting us bogged down in Iraq), and that’s to finally take out the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Laden.

Response to the news, which was leaked beforehand, was immediate. Crowds gathered to sing the National Anthem at the White House gates. People wondered if this meant that the attacks on the Constitution — not to mention in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as Pakistan — would stop and we could finally start cashing in the long-promised “peace dividend”.

And the everprescient Rude Pundit Tweeted:

“So, GOP, ball is in your court. Will you unify behind the President or be your usual dickish selves? Easy bet there.”

Indeed it was. Even before I got his Tweet, this had shown up in my Twitter feed from local conservative blogger Andy “Residual Forces” Apilkowski:

“What better way to change the subject of economic collapse & break down of our way of life, but a head on a stick outside castle Obama #tcot”

I had to grab a screen shot of it, just to show you all:

Res ipsa loquitor.

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So How Did Gaddafi Become Bush’s Favorite Muslim?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 28, 2011

By promising to aid in the fight against Al Qaeda, that’s how. Which of course meant accepting Gaddafi’s definitions of “Al Qaeda”:

Ironically, the common thread running through Libya, bin Laden and the U.S. is the 1979-1988 Afghan war. Among the Arab volunteers were several thousand Libyans and in the early 1990s Libyan “Afghan vets” formed the shadowy Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG,) whose purpose was to overthrow Qadhafi and establish an Islamic state based on sharia law. The following year, they attempted to assassinate Qadhafi when an LIFG group led by Wadi al-Shateh threw a bomb beneath his motorcade. Qadhafi cracked down and many LIFG members fled to Europe and the Middle East. Another LIFG assassination attempt occurred in 1998 when Qadhafi’s motorcade was attacked. The West’s “master terrorist” was himself under terrorist attack.

However, 9/11 provided Qadhafi an opportunity to redeem himself by signing on to the war on terror. Indeed, Qadhafi was among the first to benefit; on September 25, 2001, President Bush signed an executive order freezing LIFG assets in the U.S., asserting that the group was planning attacks on America. The following month, senior administration officials went to Tripoli to meet with the head of Libya’s External Security Organization Musa Kusa, who handed over information on Libyans who had trained in al-Qaeda facilities, as well as the names of several Libyan militants living in the U.K. The gesture was reciprocated in December when the Bush administration added LIFG to its terrorism exclusion list.

In other words, LIFG’s primary mission is and always has been removing Gaddafi; they made their alliance with Al Qaeda in order to further that goal.

But really, why are so many people, especially those implacably opposed to aiding the rebels, focusing so tightly on the LIFG? Are the only dissident group in or out of Libya? Not by a long shot — there are over twenty that are known to exist.

In fact, the LIFG is not even the longtime recognized leader of the organized opposition to Gaddafi: That role belongs to, and has since 1981, the National Front for Salvation in Libya (NFSL), which is a decidedly secularist group. They also once were by far the best armed of the groups facing Gaddafi, and one of their members, former Libyan army colonel Khalifa Hifter, is now the head of military operations for the Libyan National Council, the rebels’ leadership group. And no, they’re not affilated with Al Qaeda.

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Woman Hauled Away After Trying To Tell Foreign Journalists About Her Rape and Torture By Gaddafi Officials

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 26, 2011

Copyright Sky News

This just came in over the e-mail transom:

A shocking scene occurred in Tripoli on Saturday when a gun was pointed at Sky News after a woman tried to tell foreign journalists about being raped and tortured by Libyan officials.

[…]

She claimed she had been held for two days, and that she had been raped and tortured.

The woman showed marks on her body which she said she had received as a result of beatings by the people who were holding her, Gaddafi supporters.

She showed marks on her legs and on her wrists, which she suggested came from handcuffs.

In a state of great distress, she said she had suffered this beating because she was from Benghazi, the city where the uprising began in the east of the country.

The NYT’s David Kirkpatrick, who differs with Sky in that he says she had nearly an hour to talk before being taken away, has more on her, including a name:

A Libyan woman burst into the hotel housing the foreign press in Tripoli on Saturday morning in an attempt to tell journalists that she had been raped and beaten by members of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s militia. After struggling for nearly an hour to resist removal by Colonel Qaddafi’s security forces, she was dragged away from the hotel screaming.

“They say that we are all Libyans and we are one people,” said the woman, who gave her name as Eman al-Obeidy, barging in during breakfast at the hotel dining room. “But look at what the Qaddafi men did to me.” She displayed a broad bruise on her face, a large scar on her upper thigh, several narrow and deep scratch marks lower on her leg, and marks that seemed to come from binding around her hands and feet.

She said she had been raped by 15 men. “I was tied up, and they defecated and urinated on me,” she said. “They violated my honor.”

She pleaded for friends she said were still in custody. “They are still there, they are still there,” she said. “As soon as I leave here, they are going to take me to jail.”

For the members of the foreign news media here at the invitation of the government of Colonel Qaddafi — and largely confined to the Rixos Hotel except for official outings — the episode was a reminder of the brutality of the Libyan government and the presence of its security forces even among the hotel staff. People in hotel uniforms, who just hours before had been serving coffee and clearing plates, grabbed table knives and rushed to physically restrain the woman and to hold back the journalists.

Anyone wanna bet the first thing Gaddafi’s people say about this woman is that she’s from Al Qaeda?

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