NITA: Blowback From The Blowhards
Blowback From The Blowhards
Not Important? Think Again
20 September 2002
Sanders Research Associates
Spot the Terrorist
Robert Fisk has the right take on the Bush
administration. With Saddam Hussein having unconditionally
agreed to allow in the weapons inspectors, the US is all
dressed up with no war to go to. This is highly
embarrassing, at least if you are in the administration, or
one of those pro-war types that are demanding that the US
execute for Israel all of its foreign policy wish list.
Let’s see, get rid of Saddam, get rid of Saudi Arabia, get
rid of Syria, get rid of Iran, get rid of Libya – gosh,
there’s no one left in the Middle East except Israel! How
convenient! They just happen to have 13 divisions and 400
Richard Perle on Iraq: “Trust me.”
You must be
kidding. Perle has been bobbing up and down since the late
70s when he made a name for himself as a super hawk. Head of
a group called the Defense Policy Board at the Pentagon,
from which vantage point he has advocated regime change in
Iraq and everywhere else in the Middle East (except Israel,
naturally). More recently he has dusted off the canard about
Mohammed Atta of 911 notoriety meeting Iraqi intelligence in
Prague to plan the deed. As the third link in this group
shows, even the American establishment is beginning to feel
uneasy about all this bluster, to say nothing about the
Who are these people?
You might well ask. As the
following article in the Guardian documents, Perle’s
connections with the American Enterprise Institute are close
to Israeli intelligence.
don’t take my word for it. Visit the Middle East Forum,
which bills itself as “Promoting America’s Interests.” As
the Guardian piece above points out, it was founded by
Meyrav Wurmser, wife of David Wurmser, a colleague of
Perle’s at the AEI, and a former Israeli intelligence
officer (is there such a s thing as a former intelligence
officer?) named Yigal Carmon.
attacks the Middle East Studies Association, the mainstream
talking shop for academics specialising in the Middle East,
for honouring Edward Said one year after 911. Of course, the
idea of the organisation honouring any Palestinian is what
really rankles, as their bile directed at Hanaan Ashrawi
suggests. The real problem for MEF is that these are both
individuals who speak English as well as (indeed better
than) Bibi Netanyahu and are very photogenic, and are
consequently not so easy for an American audience to
dismiss. They are threatening ground that the Israel lobby
has long claimed as its exclusive hunting ground. I should
declare myself; I am a University of Michigan Graduate,
studied Arabic literature there, and am a member of the
Middle East Studies Association. Trust me, Mr. Perle.
And what are they doing?
For a more balanced
perspective on American policy, the following exchange is
much more illuminating than the frankly polemic and
bombastic MEF is capable of producing. What’s more, the
writers have nothing to do with the Middle East or Middle
East studies, but are superb analysts.
Getting control of the money, for one thing.
The Pentagon, shy in the face of public scrutiny of its missing $2.3 trillion, has hired IBM to sort out its IT systems. IBM in turn has hired, among others, Accenture, DynCorp and AMS. AMS just keeps going from strength to strength since “losing” over $60 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. There seems to be no job too sensitive or prestigious that this firm cannot do for the government in spite of this.
As for Dyncorp: they aren’t listed, count Harvard and the Carlyle Group among their shareholders, and have their hands on both the Department of Justice and the FBI computer networks, so surely it makes sense to involve them in the DOD as well? Well doesn’t it?
may recall, is the new name for Arthur Andersen. Is this the
payoff for a job well done for Enron?
subcontractor for IBM on the Pentagon project is Science
Applications International Corp, “sometimes called S-CIA for
its intimacy with the U.S. intelligence community,”
according to Red Herring Magazine. Like DynCorp, it brags
about being “employee owned” as if it were a great
capitalist success. A success it is, but capitalism has
nothing to do with it. Its connections with the intelligence
community and the Pentagon do. Cost-plus contracting by
non-listed companies doing “national security” work that no
one is allowed to look too closely into is a great way to
make money; or dare we say it, steal someone else’s?
this effort for the Pentagon is the redoubtable Dov
Zackheim, whose family connections include Menachem Begin
and Yitzhak Shamir. As the attached book review indicates,
Zackheim has gone to great lengths to portray himself as
“even-handed” when it comes to matters pertaining to
American versus Israeli interests. Good for him. One wonders
though, at the wisdom of having anyone in such a sensitive
job who could be subject to such a potential conflict of
interests? Of course to hear the Perles or the Netanyahus of
the world tell it, Israeli interests are American interests.
Having established his credentials by helping to squelch the
Lavi project (or did he?) Zackheim helped Israel secure a
far more valuable submarine capability that today gives it
the capacity to launch nuclear capable cruise missiles.
Thanks to that, Israel can presumably hit any target within
a few hundred miles of any coastline with a nuclear
Stop Press! Lockheed Martin top contractor for Department of Commerce!
And for the EPA as well. Note also the pole
positions held by Dyncorp and S-CIA (sorry, SAIC)
Most Japanese oppose attack on Iraq
Well, we asked the
question in the last issue, here is the answer.