September 5, 2004


Neo-Cons Under Fire (Gary Leupp, 9/05/04, CounterPunch)

They're what Marxists call "contradictions within the ruling class:" sharp differences within the power elite which weaken it collectively and can sometimes be exploited by those seeking radical change. It is a very good thing that the "intelligence community" is beginning to level an assault on the neocons. Their falling out has deep roots, dating to the 1980s when the CIA accurately assessed the Soviet military "threat," while the neocons (Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Frank Gaffney) wanted to grossly inflate it, to justify the massive Reagan military buildup and perhaps launch a successful World War III. (The "noble lie" worked: the other side, with half the U.S.'s GDP, was obliged to match U.S. military expenditures, and essentially went bankrupt, petering out without a shot.)

The present enmity dates to the days immediately after 9-11 when the CIA was called upon to prove links between Iraq, the attacks, and al-Qaeda. When the CIA was unable to find any, to the disgust of leading war advocates Donald Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz (who feel that reluctance to lie on behalf of imperial glory makes you a wuss) they created the spooky (and unforgivably under-reported) Office of Special Plans to stovepipe cherry-picked "intelligence" to the White House and thence the world.

Events and limited media exposure have shown to all sentient beings the official rationale(s) for war on Iraq do not correspond to reality. Washington can either tell the truth: "We distorted the facts to justify attacking Iraq," or dissemble: "Some of our intelligence turns out to be incorrect" But by ridiculously blaming the CIA, they insult it. And while the Company's "we will of course disavow any knowledge of your actions" culture disinclines it to rail openly against the administration it must serve, some within it are in fact rebelling.

There's something delicious about the Left having to side with their former enemy, the CIA, as it seeks to undermine an elected government. If Joe and Valerie Palme had been involved in getting rid of a Communist like Salvador Allende they'd be reviled, but because their covert op targeted George Bush they're heroes.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 5, 2004 8:19 AM

Sooo! The Neocons are the ones who won the cold war with their "noble lie." Verrry interesting!

Posted by: Genecis at September 5, 2004 11:16 AM

CIA stands for Clueless in America. It makes me nauseous to think that anything they do has anything to do with America or Intelligence. What is it precisely that the CIA has ever accomplished that has in fact inured to America's benefit? It was thoroughly infiltrated by the KGB. It was the agency which with the help of the Vatican enabled tens of thousands of Nazi war criminals to escape justice, and get to America, but more especially Canada and Australia. CIA agents have been involved in the drug trade for decades, such that when CIA agent Aldrich Ames and his Columbian wife were spending money like Mike Tyson, everybody concerned just assumed they were in the drug biz not selling secrets to the Soviets.

It should be closed, all of its employees down to the cleaning help barred forever from Washington DC or government service of any kind, and we should have a national discussion of what kind of intelligence service we need to fight against the current threat.

Posted by: Bart at September 5, 2004 11:20 AM


You seem to be a well informed source. You have me convinced!

Posted by: rdeat at September 6, 2004 12:59 AM