PNAC’s Frank Gaffney, Richard Perle’s Lackey – The Cells That We’re Up Against and Their State Sponsors – Keep the Lowest Possible Profiles and Avoid Signatures, as They Say in the Intelligence Business – 9/11: “Not a Matter for Business as Usual, Judicial Process, Forensic Investigations, and So On”
At a little over 7 hours after the attacks on 9/11/01, Ehud Barak and Frank Gaffney are both calling for a “Global War on Terror”.
BBC America: Well, I’m joined here in the studio now by Ehud Barak who, until earlier this year, was the Prime Minister of Israel; by James Rubin, who was President Clinton’s Assistant Secretary of State; and by Rosemary Hollis of the Royal Institute of International Affairs.
Mr. Barak, first of all, should we see this as an act designed to draw attention to what is happening in the Middle East, or should we see it as something quite separate from that?
EHUD BARAK: It’s clear that the whole Western civilization is at war with world terror. It might have some kind of indirect relationship to something that happened either in Afghanistan or somewhere else in the Middle East, but this is not the case. When they are ready to hit the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, it means that we are basically at war. And I am fully confident [the] American people, which is a tough and courageous people, and have tough leadership at the helmet [helm], they will know how to fight back, and I believe that leaders all around the world, here in the UK, in Europe, in Russia – the Russians will fully cooperate with this, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Israel of course, and others, should join hands to defeat terror, period. We cannot afford this kind of threat to our whole way of life.
BBC: I’ll come back to that point in a moment. I want to bring in Frank Gaffney, who’s the director of the Center for Security Policy, who’s in Washington. How do you think the United States will respond to this, and are you surprised, as an expert in security matters, that nobody had any inkling of what happened?
Frank Gaffney was a contributor to the Project for the New American Century.
FRANK GAFFNEY: Well, to answer the second question first, I’m not frankly surprised, because this is precisely the way the cells that we’re up against here, and perhaps their state sponsors, are organizing themselves and conducting their activities. It is purposely designed to keep the lowest possible profiles, avoid signatures – as they say in Intelligence business – and conduct their affairs in such a way that we won’t know what’s happened to us until it has happened.
As to how the United States will respond, it remains to be seen, of course. My hope is, that as any number of people have said, on this program and elsewhere here in Washington in recent hours, the United States is at war now; and I hope that the President will respond appropriately and accordingly. This is not a matter for business as usual, judicial process, forensic investigations, and so on. [Or apparently anything that represents a real investigation into the day’s events.] I believe that we have been struck in a way that is probably going to be a precursor to even worse. And it is time for us to act as I think our friends in Israel have been doing for some time, quite correctly, which is to use such intelligence as we do have, to use such force as we have at our disposal, to strike at and try to destroy these terrorists and their sponsors before they strike again.
BBC: But do you know who they are?
FRANK GAFFNEY: Uh, we probably won’t know, if at all, uh, for some time, with precision, who is responsible for this precise attack; therefore I would go after everyone who is engaged in terrorist acts against us, uh, everyone who has made known their, uh, determination to do harm to the United States. I think we ought to use this as an opportunity, uh, as has been pointed out by others, to put them on the run: let them know that they’ve got no place to hide, and such places as they hide are going to be very difficult, uh, places from which to operate against us.
BBC: We heard earlier on that the United States security in airports was rather lax, because there was a feeling that this was the kind of thing that couldn’t happen. There’d been, obviously been terrorist incidents in the United States, but compared with the way that terrorism is expected in Europe and in the Middle East, in the United States it’s not thought – [Unfortunately, this is where I changed the channel to watch local news coverage.]
Would anyone who has a copy of the entire interview (with the other BBC guests) please post it and alert Abel Danger: thank you! Also feel free to publicly leak fresh proof that incriminates the 9/11 perpetrators and accelerates their being brought to justice. We need to see prosecutions. The international criminal syndicate’s days are running out: you can help speed up this process and thus benefit all of humanity.
Source: From The Wilderness
Bush Advisers Planned Iraq War Since 1990s
by Joe Taglieri, FTW Staff
Oct. 1, 2002, 17:00 PDT (FTW) – The George W. Bush Administration’s intentions of removing Saddam Hussein from power are not a recent development by any stretch of the imagination. Top White House officials affiliated with conservative think tanks and past administrations have been developing strategies for removing the Iraqi leader since the 1990s.
One such think tank, the Project for the New American Century (PNAC), published a report in September 2000 recommending policies for preserving and expanding U.S. dominance in world affairs, including an aggressive policy for deposing Saddam Hussein. Members of this group include Vice President Dick Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, convicted Iran–Contra perjurer and current National Security Council (NSC) staffer Elliot Abrams, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and I. Lewis Libby, Cheney’s Chief of Staff and Assistant for National Security Affairs.
Referring to the Persian Gulf region, the report states, “Indeed, the United States has for decades sought to play a more permanent role in Gulf regional security. While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein.”
The crux of the report advocates bulking up America’s military so it can be “able to rapidly deploy and win multiple simultaneous large-scale wars.” It lists southern Europe, the Middle East, Central- and East Asia as targets for increased military deployments.
Gary Schmitt, one of the report’s project co-chairmen and a former Reagan policy adviser, told FTW that a U.S. invasion of Iraq is inevitable. “We will definitely be involved in Iraq for two reasons,” said Schmitt. “One is because of issues myself, the administration, and others have laid out for a number of years, and two, there isn’t a snowball’s chance in hell Saddam will allow inspections that matter.”
ALL THE VICE PRESIDENT’S MEN
U.S. military action against Iraq to oust Saddam Hussein has long been a goal of members of the present Bush Administration. The PNAC report was based upon a 1992 draft of the Pentagon’s Defense Planning Guidance, which was prepared for then-Defense Secretary Cheney, Wolfowitz, and Libby. At the time, Libby and Wolfowitz were part of Cheney’s policy staff.
Libby has an extensive background in international relations and defense policy. He joined President Reagan’s State Department in 1981 as a member of the Policy Planning Staff and then became the Director of Special Projects in the Department’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.
Libby was a Deputy Undersecretary for Policy in President George H. W. Bush’s Defense Department headed by Cheney.
He has a law degree from Columbia University, and during the Clinton years was a managing partner for the Washington, D.C. international law firm Dechert, Price & Rhoads. Libby was also a legal consultant for the “Cox Committee,” the congressional body that investigated Chinese breaches of U.S. national security and trade secrets in 1999.
Wolfowitz has worked for the government as a defense policy strategist since 1973. He was head of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff from 1981 to 1982 and was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Regional Programs from 1977 to 1980.
During his time with regional programs, Wolfowitz helped establish the force that would become the United States Central Command. He also contributed to the creation of the Navy’s Maritime Prepositioning Ships Program, which his Defense Department bio describes as the supply ships program that provided “the backbone of the initial U.S. deployment twelve years later in Operation Desert Shield.”
Under Reagan, Wolfowitz served as U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia and Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, where he was responsible for shaping U.S. relations with all Far East nations.
Along with five fellow signatories of PNAC’s 1997 statement of principles, Wolfowitz is affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. He was the dean and professor of international relations at the University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Thomas Donnelly, the principal author of the 2000 report advocating aggressive U.S. military policies, holds a master’s degree from the Nitze School.
SAIS is also home to foreign policy behemoth Zbigniew Brzezinski, the author of a 1997 book foretelling current U.S. conflicts with Iraq and terrorists called The Grand Chessboard. Brzezinski, a trustee of the Trilateral Commission and a member the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank, is billed by SAIS as a Robert E. Osgood professor of American foreign policy.
PNAC member Elliot Abrams is a former Assistant Secretary of State who was a major player in the Iran–Contra scandal of the 1980s. He was convicted of several felony offenses including lying to Congress but was later pardoned by President George H. W. Bush.
Abrams has recently served on the U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom and was appointed to the NSC staff position several months into George W. Bush’s tenure. Given his controversial background, it was widely known that Abrams would never have survived a Senate confirmation hearing for a deputy or assistant secretary position at either the Department of Defense or State Department.
‘RICHARD’S STRING OF PERLES’
Richard Perle is another key Bush policy maker at the center of the administration’s push toward war with Iraq. He is the Chairman of the Defense Policy Board, which reports policy recommendations to Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz.
Perle was Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during both terms of the Reagan Administration. He has been a frequent contributor to national media publications and television programs.
He is also a resident fellow of the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank which has a member list that reads like a who’s who of conservative politicians, academics, and policy makers.
Some contend Perle is a major puller of defense policy strings. Jude Wanniski, an analyst who focuses on the politics of “supply-side economics,” claims Perle controls the “brass” of the Bush Administration’s defense policy team – Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Libby, and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice.
“It is a badge of honor among the Warrior Class to be identified as one of Richard’s String of Perles,” Wanniski wrote in a memo posted on his Polycomomics, Inc. website.
Two PNAC men cited by Wanniski as faithful Perlites are William Kristol and Frank Gaffney.
Gaffney is a Washington Times columnist and a contributor to Defense News and Investor’s Business Daily. During the Reagan Administration, he was an Assistant Secretary of Defense under Perle.
Gaffney, who holds a Master’s Degree from Johns Hopkins’ SAIS, is the founder and president of yet another think tank known as the Center for Security Policy.
Conservative commentator Kristol is the editor of The Weekly Standard magazine and a frequent pundit on TV news programs. He is also the PNAC chairman and, according to Wanniski, part of a network of opinion makers who answer to Perle. Kristol’s network consists of many editorial page writers and journalists for national publications and television programs.
The vast majority of PNAC’s money comes from funds forwarded through the New Citizenship Project, another organization founded by Kristol. Watchgroup Media Transparency reports PNAC has received a total of $600,000 between the organization’s founding in 1997 and 2000.
The New Citizenship Project is primarily funded by grants from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the John M. Olin Foundation, and the Sarah Scaife Foundation. All are conservative philanthropic non-profits.
Tim Barker, FTW Staff, contributed to this report.